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Vice President Says There’s No Need to Own Assault Weapons?

According to news reports, Vice President Joe Biden said there’s no reason that people should need to own an assault weapon.

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The Vice President was taking part in a Facebook Town Hall hosted by Parents magazine, and took a handful of questions from readers about gun violence. One question cited a well worn right wing talking point, mewing how gun owners would be unable to protect themselves if Congress passed a bill banning certain weapons and high-capacity gun magazines.

“Kate, if you want to protect yourself, get a double barreled shotgun,” the Vice President responded. “I promise you, as I told my wife, we live in an area that’s wooded and somewhat secluded. I said, Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out, put [up] that double barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.”

“You don’t need an AR-15,” he said. “Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!”

The Vice President also said he doesn’t support making changes to the Second Amendment and described America’s “really healthy gun culture,” which was a “part of my father’s ethic.” He clarified to another questioner that nobody wants to take away people’s guns.

“I have two shotguns at home,” he said. “No one is going to come and take my guns.”

OK, thank you Mr. Vice President, will it make any difference with right wing gun fanatics? No it won’t. However, facts are a shot gun is the best possible weapon for home defense; an assault rifles muzzle velocity makes it an extremely dangerous weapon in the home, as it can send a round through multiple walls and possibly into your neighbor’s house or out into the street, putting a lot of innocent people at risk, whereas a shotgun’s ammo will not do that, while combing excellent stopping power in the confined space of a home. No it’s not as glamorous, but what do you want, glam or stopping power? Do you want to look cool, or stop an intruder? You don’t need assault rifles or high capacity magazines to protect your home from an intruder, and you’re not going to fight off the imagined “guvmint” bad guys either; this isn’t 1775 – ever heard of drones?

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Guns

 

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Colin Powell endorses President for second term

Former Secretary of State, and Army General, Colin Powell’s endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term, in a repeat of his endorsement from 2008.

“You know, I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012, and I’ll be voting for he and Vice President Joe Biden next month,” he said on CBS’ “This Morning.”

Powell praised the president’s handling of the economy and ending of the Iraq War.

“I think we ought to keep on the track we are on,” he said.

While Powell said he had the “utmost respect” for Republican Tea Party (GOTP) challenger Willard Mitt Romney, he criticized Willard’s so-called “tax plan”, his alleged “foreign policy” calling it a “moving target.”

“One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan, but then on Monday night (last presidential debate) he agrees with the withdrawal,” the Secretary said. “Same thing in Iraq. On every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Gov. Romney agreed with the president with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign.”

President Obama said he was “proud” and “humbled” to learn he has the support of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, “I’m grateful to him for his lifetime of service to his country both as a soldier and as a diplomat,” the President told a crowd of 15,000 during a campaign stop in Virginia. “And every brave American who wears the uniform of this country should know that as long as I’m your commander in chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. We will be relentless in pursuit of our enemies. Those are promises I’ve kept.”

Secretary Powell’s a great American hero, and heroes do what’s right for their country even if it means bucking their party to support the right man for the job. Powell’s concerns about Romney’s forever changing foreign policy and never ending tax plan are well founded and any thinking voter should be just as concerned. Unfortunately, there seem to be a lot of voters who just can’t seem to be bothered with thinking.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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Romney claims Vice President’s remarks a “new low”?

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential wannabe Willard Mitt Romney’s accusing President Barack Obama’s campaign of reaching a new low, according to press accounts, following Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks to supporters saying GOTP presidential candidates and GOTP lawmakers would put them “back in chains.”

It’s clear the Vice President was talking about the risks of letting Wall Street operate without strong oversight when he was addressing a rally crowd in Danville, Va.

He said Romney wants to get rid of new Wall Street regulations Obama signed into law after the financial collapse of 2008, “Unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

Willard’s spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, mewed that the Vice President’s comments are, quote, “not acceptable in our political discourse” and a, quote, “new low.”

At a later campaign stop in Wytheville, Va., Vice President Biden clarified his remarks, noting his “chains” comment was a nod to an earlier comment made by Paul Ryan that “a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy.”

It was a nice try by the Romney Campaign to try to turn the Vice President’s comment into something it wasn’t, but in the fashion we’ve all come to recognize, they mishandled this one too. If your new running mate has been talking about “unshackling the banks and Wall Street” for the better part of a year or more, you better know that before you stick your neck out and criticize the comments made by your opponents; it’s just one more case of not being ready for the big time.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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