You may have seen politicians and various media personnel being mocked for their lack of knowledge on firearms. I can respect a politician who is anti-gun, but if someone has a job to make laws about firearms that will affect an entire country, then I will hold him or her responsible for not being knowledgable on the subject. How can someone fairly evaluate an issue on which to make legislation on if they have no idea what they are even talking about? A lot of times, politicians make laws that did something completely different from what they thought it would simply because they simply do no not know the basic operation, classification or parts of firearms. After the horribly tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama appointed Joe Biden as the head of the Gun Control Task Force, a very important position in the overall operation of gun control. However, should he be put into this position?
Many politicians have said, well, foolish things about firearms in the past. Lets be honest: Mr. Joseph Biden, the Vice President of our very great United States has said some very foolish things in general, but also about firearms as well. Probably the best example of this is the whole “buy a shotgun” comment that he made during his interview with the editor of Parent’s Magazine where he was answering subscriber questions. He was asked if banning certain types of guns and magazines would make gun owners more vulnerable to criminals because they would not be able to defend themselves. His response was mostly a lack there of, but it also included some very ignorant and dangerous advice such as: “I said Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony there, put that double barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. I promise you whatever’s coming in is not coming out. You don’t need an AR-15. Its harder to aim, its harder to use, and in fact you don’t need thirty rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!” Let us analyze what Joe Biden is saying here. He wants people to blindly fire 12 gauge shotgun loads at any noise that people hear outside their home. This is an incredulously irresponsible and dangerous use of a firearm, and it violates at least two of the most important firearm safety rule: do not ever point or aim a firearm at something you do not intend to shoot, and always be completely sure of your target and what lies behind it. These rules are set up to avoid people from getting hurt by misuses of firearms, but how can you safely fire at ambiguous noises that you are not sure of the source? This kind of firearms advocation will lead to innocent people being hurt if anyone follows it. Also, we should remember that the interview where Joe Biden made this statement was in response to a massacre, with the intended purpose of less people being hurt by firearms. I am sorry Joe Biden, but you do not have the competency to accomplish that.
Also, just to take another jab at the media in accordance with gun politics, Joe Biden claims that a shotgun is easier to aim and use than an AR-15, so then why does everyone fear AR-15’s so much? Ar-15s are the main focus of the media, as well as the government bans it seems. People attack its characteristics of “high capacity magazines” (which I will discuss in a later post), and aesthetics such as collapsable stocks, forward handgrips, picatinny rail mounts, and different types of optics. If shotguns are easier to use, then shouldn’t the focus be on banning them since in the politicians’ eyes, shotguns would be easier to use to carry out mass shootings?
I know that this is only looking at one politician who clearly is not fit to enact gun legislation, but there are plenty of others, including many Republican politicians who have no business making gun laws. Joe Biden should be considered as an important part of gun legislation, as Obama appointed him as head of the gun control task force. As a result, this is what he has to offer…
For the sake of keeping this post somewhat short, I will not talk about other politicians here, but I recommend looking up some of the things that Senator Dianne Feinstein has done, or tried to do. I promise that you will not be disappointed with the foolishness of it.