Vice President Joe Biden gave an interesting response to a letter writer “Kate” regarding home defense: “if you want to protect yourself, get a double barrel shotgun.”
“If there's ever a problem,” Biden said, “just walk out on the balcony here — walk out, put that double barrel shot gun and fire two blasts outside the house. I promise you whoever is coming in ... you don't need an AR-15. It's harder to aim, it's harder to use, and in fact, you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun!”
This is not a bad bit of advice. But if the AR-15 (-type, semi-automatic) is harder to aim and use, then why criminalize it? Does Biden's advice work as well for “Kate” as it does the criminals? Shouldn't law-abiding citizens be as equally well-armed as the criminals who target them?