Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon angrily attacked opponents of gun-control legislation during remarks delivered in Danbury, Conn. “They say it will violate their rights under the Second Amendment. Not true!” he shouted, “They say assault weapons like the AR-15 are needed for self-protection and recreation. They are not. There’s plenty of ways you can protect yourself and recreate without an AR-15. They say it isn’t about guns. They’re wrong — it is about guns!” No Americans, he said, legitimately fear their constitutional rights will be infringed “in any way.”
Biden, speaking a few miles from the scene of December’s massacre in Newtown, Conn., is engaged in an effort to rally support for the administration’s gun proposals, including a ban on semi-automatic weapons and universal background checks.
The vice president also insisted that society will judge us if we fail to act on gun control. “I can predict what will be written of us 20 and 30 years from now if we don’t act,” he said.
Earlier this week, Biden urged those seeking to purchase a weapon to buy shotguns, noting that he had advised his wife to use their own shotgun to fire shots from their porch as a safety measure. As it turns out, Delaware law prohibits residents from firing guns on their own property.