Warning shots?

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This is from The Daily Caller.

Firing a warning shot is not a real good idea.

When I was a Correctional Officer most of the towers around the prison

had pit into which a warning shot could be fired.

Two of the seven towers were not to fire a warning shot as  someone innocent could

be hurt or killed.

If you know the laws of your state you’re in a better position to know if they require

you to retreat or not.

Thanks to former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Hoosiers have a castle doctrine

and are not obligated to retreat even in a public area.

I carry mace and a collapsible baton so I have a less than lethal option. 


By Matt Schlueter,

Self-defense in America today is governed by individual state laws which vary from state to state across our nation. In some states the defender does not have to flee, in others the defender does not have to flee if they are in their own home, and some the defender has the duty to retreat the aggressor before using deadly force to defend themselves. With this complicated maze of state to state laws how does one know what to do?

For the above reasons it is very important for persons who incorporate firearms into their personal protection plans to attend a firearms training class on personal protection where there is also a legal portion taught. This way they can learn about their state laws and how they apply to them when considering the use of a firearm to defend their lives.

Unfortunately our society is full of misconceptions about what a person can and can’t do regarding self-defense passed on from one individual to another.

One such example was by Vice President Joe Biden during a January 13, 2013 interview he told our nation his opinion on self-defense and what to do if faced with a home invasion.

“Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun,” Biden went onto explain what he told his wife to do if faced with a home invasion. 

 “I said, `Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony … take that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,” Biden said. 

Joe later explained during the interview he learned his lessons on gun safety from his father, who was a hunter. 

To me it appears Joe gave this advice to his wife before he became Vice President and received a secret service detail to protect him and his family.

Follow along with me as we discuss warning shots and some of the possible legal issues if one was to decide to fire them to scare off a possible attacker.


The NRA Personal Protection in the Home class covers the basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and provides the information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense. This class also covers the simple fact – firearm used for self-defense, is a tool of last resort to defend their lives.

Every person who handles or fires a firearm must understand the importance of knowing what your muzzle is covering, and knowing where your round or shot will impact if it misses or passes through its target. You are legally responsible for every round you fire. In most states warning shots are prohibited in self-defense situations by law. This law is commonly known as a reckless discharge of a firearm.

Let’s take Joe Biden’s advice to his wife Jill in his scenario Jill fires off both barrels of Joe’s shotgun from out on the balcony. I am going out on a limb here and assume Joe left her with some good quality defensive rounds for his shotgun. When Jill fired off those the rounds, she is responsible for each projectile launched into the air. For shotguns it would be each pellet, this equates into about 12 individual rounds for typical self-defense loads with buckshot. They could travel quite a distance and it is unknown who could be injured or what property might be damaged upon impact.  Jill could be legally liable, both criminally and civilly, for every projectile that left the gun when she fired the warning shot or shots.

For those who would argue, lets shoot at the ground or other safer direction, I would like to point out the shooter is still responsible for those projectiles if they ricochet or change direction later impacting a person or object causing injury, death, or damage.

If you would chose to fire a warning shot, are you really in imminent fear of great bodily injury or death? If you possess a firearm to defend yourself from an imminent threat of great bodily injury or death, would you choose to fire a warning shot vs. shooting to stop the threat of imminent danger of great bodily injury and/or death.

Next, let’s be clear on deadly force

So let me be clear. Deadly force should only be used when there is a reasonable belief that it is necessary to defend your life, or that of another person in imminent danger of great bodily injury or death, from the use of deadly force. Necessity consists of two factors – imminent danger and the absence of safe alternatives. Imminent is described as a pending action; meaning immediate or instant. A safe alternative would be to avoid the confrontation.

In my state of South Dakota a citizen who fired a warning shot could face criminal charges and civil charges.

Readers I would like you to consider my article on why warning shots are not acceptable and in some states illegal. Look over the following news stories where citizens have been arrested and or convicted for firing warning shots when confronting criminals.

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About the author:

Matt Schlueter is a retired Deputy Sheriff from the Lake County Sheriffs Office located in South Dakota with over 19 years of combined experience in corrections and law enforcement, and held the position of Firearms Instructor and DARE Officer with the Lake County Sheriffs Office till his retirement. He is also a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, and owner/chief instructor of Schlueter Firearms Instruction. Matt’s goal is to provide the best information possible for those who share his interest in shooting firearms. Matt’s goals also include providing the best training courses possible for students who attend courses he is offering.

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Joe Biden: Mike Bloomberg’s gun efforts ‘contagious’

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This is from The Politico.

Slow Joe and Nanny Loonberg are to liberal loons.

Between the two they have a combined IQ that is 400 points lower than a box of rocks.

New York and Delaware  are not safe due to Nanny Loonberg and Slow Joe’s gun policies.

While Slow Joe did not set Delaware’s gun policies his attitudes help shape them.

NEW YORK—Appearing at the Clinton Global Initiative conference to present the Leadership in Public Service award to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Vice President Biden took what he said was “a point of personal privilege” to praise the work of his “old buddy” on gun control.

Acknowledging their failure to get federal legislation passed despite their cooperative efforts, Biden said he remains confident of success. Change will eventually come, Biden said, and “when it comes, … it will be because Mike has sent it.”

“Your passion about reducing gun violence in this country is something that’s become contagious,” Biden said. “Mike knows that we only can bring sanity to this issue when we come together and demand it.”

Accepting the award, Bloomberg said that while Colorado voters earlier this month recalled two state senators who helped pass state gun control legislation, the “public has won” by getting that law on the books.

“Even though we have yet to get the bill passed, Joe’s not giving up the fight, and certainly, neither am I,” Bloomberg said.

But Biden wasn’t done heaping on the praise. “Genius perceives differences; talent, unity,” the vice president said, quoting William Butler Yeats. “That’s Mike.”

Biden cited Bloomberg’s work on sustainability, public health and city planning, calling him a leader that the city, the country and the world should be thankful for.

“I don’t know anyone in my career—and I’ve been hanging around a long time—who does more to create the future than you, Mike,” Biden said.

Earlier in the day, Biden met with Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio, who’s running a campaign largely against Bloomberg’s legacy. Wednesday night, though, Biden said he wished there were a hundred Bloombergs—and if there were, “we’d be a hell of a lot further down the road in meeting the potential of this country.”

Bloomberg clearly appreciated the introduction.

“If the federal government shuts down next week,” he said, “don’t worry, come back to New York, and we’ll put you to work at City Hall.”

Biden vows to ‘beat the gun lobby’ by passing stronger laws, touts administrative progress

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This is from The Washington Post.

Obama and Slow Joe do not get their legislative agenda

they will use Executive Actions/orders.

This is the Chicago Thug way to operate.


WASHINGTON — A scrappy Vice President Joe Biden vowed Tuesday to “beat the gun lobby” by ultimately passing stronger firearm laws and said some lawmakers who voted against background checks have privately told him they want another chance.

With President Barack Obama away in Europe, Biden held a White House event to announce progress on executive orders to reduce gun violence while stressing the need for congressional action that has eluded them.

“We have not given up,” Biden repeatedly declared during a 25-minute speech in the South Court Auditorium next to the West Wing where he Obama announced a gun safety push in January.

“This fight isn’t over, far from it,” Biden said.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted against legislation in April that would have expanded background checks for firearm purchases to gun shows and online sales, and so far no lawmaker who voted against it has announced a change of their vote. But Biden said he’s gotten calls from senators who voted no to ask, “Can you find a way for us to revisit this?” He did not identify any of the callers.

“I know for a fact some of them now wonder whether that was a prudent vote,” Biden said. He said lawmakers who do not support improved gun safety will “pay a political price” because voters want change after December’s shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 20 first graders and six staff.

“We have yet to succeed in the House and Senate, but we will,” Biden predicted.

However, Senate Democratic leaders have yet to gain enough votes to try again to pass background checks. National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said those who voted against background checks are following the wishes of their constituents despite a campaign against them, including advertising being funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“Undoubtedly a lot of pressure is being placed on them, but the one thing they have right now is support from voters in their state. And that’s the most important thing to have,” Arulanandam said in response to Biden.

Biden was introduced by Stephen Barton, a victim of last year’s movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., who now is working to push for stronger laws with Bloomberg’s group. The vice president opened his remarks by saying he wished they were gathered there to celebrate a legislative victory.

But instead he announced that the administration has completed or significantly advanced 21 of the 23 executive actions that Obama ordered in January in response to Sandy Hook.

As an example, Biden held up newly completed federal emergency response planning guides for schools and houses of worship to prepare for a shooting, tornado or other disasters.

The two executive orders with the most remaining work are finalizing regulations to require insurers to cover mental health at parity with medical benefits, expected later this year, and putting a confirmed director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Obama’s nominee to head the ATF, B. Todd Jones, had a Senate hearing last week but has little chance of advancing amid political wrangling over a position that hasn’t been confirmed in six years.


Nothing Makes Obama ‘Look Good’…Except, Maybe Joe Biden

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This is from Minuteman News.

With Slow Joe as VP Obama is safe from any attempt to

 assassinate him.

Not even death by natural causes would take Obama and

make slow Joe Biden president.

Slow Joe makes Obama look like a brain surgeon.

Slow Joe makes a pile of cow droppings look smart.




On Wednesday the Gallup Poll reported that our Imperial President’s approval rating was at a 9 month low; 45%. Why the popularity needle has not yet hit zero is certainly a question worth asking but on Tuesday evening Joe Biden demonstrated, yet again, why The Lyin’ King’s numbers are a moot point. Biden, as Charlatan-In-Chief, might be as bad as what is already in place.

Joe Biden, effusively praising then-Senator-Anointed, Democrat presidential candidate, for being “clean and articulate,” was selected as his vice presidential running mate because of his reputedly extensive experience with foreign policy and his political wisdom. These qualities were supposed to offset the presidential candidate’s absolute lack of qualification fro the presidency. It is an understatement to say that the last four and a half years have proven these assumptions to be categorically false. Not only is Biden incompetent in the arena of foreign affairs but he is a hopeless bungler domestically as well. He has exhibited an astonishing lack of familiarity with the language. He has even swiped Neil Kinnock’s biography as his own.

On Tuesday evening Joe Biden was performing the prime function of today’s Democrat. It had nothing to do with safeguarding America; Biden was campaigning. Democrats, in the current regime, have not left campaign and fund-raising mode since the 2008 elections. The objective is an all-out attempt to keep the Senate and to take back the House. So, Tuesday, Biden attended a campaign event for Massachusetts Democrat Senate hopeful, Ed Markey. Markey, evidently bored with his barnacle-like squat in Congress (since 1976), and relying on his decades-old name recognition is grabbing for John Kerry’s vacated Senatorial seat.

Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and a newcomer to politics, is Markey’s Republican opponent. He is virtually unknown. Evidence suggests that Biden’s help with Markey wasn’t very helpful.  Gomez moved up in the polls on Wednesday. Biden said so many things that were dim-witted at best and false at worst that he may have broken his own record for foot-in-pie hole-itis during one appearance:

  • “…the last thing in the world we need now is someone who will go down to the United States Senate and support Ted Cruz, support the new senator from Kentucky… or the old senator from Kentucky.” One supposes that it is too much to ask of his brain to remember the names but, “the new Senator” is Rand Paul and the “old Senator would be Mitch McConnell.
  • Biden, stunned that two freshman Senators (Rand Paul and Ted Cruz) were exerting so much power, pleaded with the audience to keep others of their ilk out of the Senate.
  • Biden complained that with The Lyin’ King out of the hunt, “blacks and Hispanics won’t automatically turn out to vote.”
  • Introducing Al Gore, Biden stated that the Supreme Court made an incorrect decision: “This man was elected president of the United States of America…No, no, no. He was elected president of the United States of America. But for the good of the nation, when the bad decision in my view was made, he did the right thing for the nation…Al, you set an example for this country that is going to live as long as recorded history, about the man who won by a decision that I think constitutional scholars now and in the future will conclude was an ill fated decision…”

You get the idea.

Performances like this one, repeated over and over, suggest that Biden was kept around for a second stint because Uncle Joe is The Lyin’ King’s insurance against…um…political displacement. Nothing could ever make The Lyin’ King look good. But Biden comes close.

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Joe Biden: We Won’t Allow Congress To Get In Our Way On Guns

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This is from Political Outcast.

While the writer of this story paraphrased Slow Joe Biden.

I promise you this is what Biden and Obama think .

Obama thinks if he does not get his way he can sign an

Executive Action/Order and get what he wants.



According to Vice President Biden, “President Obama literally has a buttload of executive actions coming down the pike” on gun control, the phrasing of which stirs disturbing surrealist images in my mind.

Okay, I paraphrased him. His actual words were, “[T]he president is already lining up some additional executive actions he’s going to be taking later this week.” I still can’t tell, Biden–are you speaking literally or figuratively? You haven’t specified!

You know what? On second thought, I think a ”literal buttload of executive actions” would be less disturbing than “additional executive actions.”  This is of course doublespeak for “executive orders,” a term this administration has been cautious to avoid, despite running the government on these orders. Liberals don’t like executive orders—or at least they pretend not to—so this administration uses the term “executive action.”

Obama spent his first term trying to get Congress to pass the most unpopular legislation of modern times, socialized health insurance, in the form of Obamacare. That was at a time when healthcare was at the bottom of Americans’ list of priorities for our benevolent leaders to work on.

Obama won that battle as only a corrupt politician can: unfairly, with bribes.

The President has chosen the battle to waste his second term on, and that is gun control, yet another issue near the bottom of Americans’ list of priorities. Fortunately for them (us), it appears as though Obama has lost, with the Senate voting down the Manchin-Toomey background-check bill.

Obama was visibly angry the other day, pouting at the podium to publicly shame those who voted against the bill, which would have expanded background checks to personal and gun-show sales, but only for law-abiding citizens–those who don’t commit mass-shootings–and not to those who would commit mass-shootings since those people don’t submit to background checks.

“No matter,” says Biden, as paraphrased by me again. “We don’t like the way the vote turned out, so Obama’s going to ignore the vote, bypass the rules, and just write his own laws from the Oval Office. What do you think this is, a constitutional republic? You think it matters whether your representatives represent you or not? We in the executive branch make the rules, not your representatives.”

You have to wonder at some point if this administration really does believe that congressional voting procedures are a mere formality they must go through, the hoops through which they must jump in order to keep up the illusion that the will of the American people is represented. They are either knowingly being tyrannical, dictatorial, or else they do not understand that voting in Congress is not just for show. As in so many other areas of this administration, it comes down to those two possibilities: either Obama’s failures stem from a place of malice and ill will, or from a cavity in his brain that renders him incompetent and ignorant.

Whatever it is, neither possibility bodes well for us.

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Biden on gun bill: ‘I think we’re there’

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This is from Yahoo News.

I hope Slow Joe does not get the sixty votes.

This is a bad and dangerous law.

I have read this bill may die on the Senate floor.



Vice President Joe Biden embraces Pam Simon, an aide to former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (Chris Moody/Yahoo …

Vice President Joe Biden told a former congressional aide Tuesday during a visit to the Capitol building that the Senate was just two votes short of reaching the 60-vote threshold needed to pass a gun reform bill through the chamber.

After a speech honoring Gabriel Zimmerman, who was killed in the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that severely injured his boss, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Biden told former Giffords aide Pam Simon that the bill would pass and that two votes were needed.

“We will win,” Biden told Simon, who survived a gunshot wound in the shooting.

When asked about his comments, Biden told reporters that the vote count on the gun bill was “fluid.”

“We are working to get to 60, and it’s fluid,” Biden said. “I think we’re there, but it’s not unusual as you all know for people to make up their minds at the last minute.”

According to a Democratic Senate aide, the chamber could hold a vote on amendments to the bill as soon as this week. After meeting with Senate Democrats in closed-door meetings Tuesday, House Majority Leader Harry Reid said there was “significant momentum” on getting the votes needed, but that they still did not have enough to pass.


Biden on Gun Control Laws: “This is the Beginning of the Process”

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This is from Godfather Politics.

This is something Conservative Gun owners already knew.

Slow Joe dos not tell the truth often but he manages to stumble into it.

We are in for a long hard fight.


Vice President Joe Biden is not the smartest cookie in politics.  In fact, I would rank him among the dumbest members of the Executive Branch in American history.

Biden continually demonstrates his lack of intelligence by making statements and claims that are patently false.  Many are easily disproven, but that doesn’t stop him from repeating them time and time again as we saw during the 2012 elections.

Then there are those famous statements like ‘buy a shotgun’ and advising people that if they have a potential intruder to go outside (where the intruder happens to be), and fire your shotgun into the air.  Okay, in most areas, it’s illegal to fire a gun in the city, in a neighborhood or close to homes.  Secondly, after you empty your shotgun into the air, you now find yourself outside with the intruder and with an empty shotgun.  DUH!

Or he advises that you just fire your shotgun through the front door.  So what if it’s not an intruder at the door?  What if it’s your husband or wife fumbling with their keys in the lock?

Does the Vice President ever really think about what he says before he says it?

On rare occasions, he does speak the truth and spill the beans per se on things that shouldn’t have been spilled.  And that’s just what he did Wednesday when he was pontificating on the upcoming Senate votes on the various gun-control measures.

Biden was on a conference call organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.  During the conference call, Biden said:

“That doesn’t mean this is the end of the process. This is the beginning of the process.”

Bingo!  It’s not about preventing violence, but about an agenda.  I’ve been saying all along that the current gun control measures being pushed by Obama and fellow Democrats is only the first step to a total disarmament of the American people.  They’ll start with vilifying assault and assault-style weapons along with high capacity magazines.  Once they successfully ban them, they’ll start on another category of firearms, probably handguns since more handguns are used in crimes than any other type of firearm.  Then the rest of the rifles and shotguns until every type of gun will be illegal to own, sell, trade, or even talk about.

Yes, Mr. Vice President, I agree with you.  This is the beginning of the process and for once you have spoken some of the truest words ever to emerge from your lips.  But be warned that it’s a process that millions of Americans will fight against with every last ounce of their strength and every last drop of their blood.

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Biden: It’s Gun Safety, Not Gun Control

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This is from The Wall Street Journal.

Is Slow Joe stupid enough to believe what he is saying?

I think Slow Joe like Obama is a pathological liar.

It is about control not safety.


Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he views the administration’s efforts to reduce firearms violence as gun safety – not gun control.

The vice president fielded questions online in a Google+ Hangout, saying the proposals that he and President Barack Obama have laid out won’t end gun crime, but they still could make a difference.

Stemming gun violence has emerged as a priority for the Obama administration in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting  in December. Mr. Obama already is moving ahead with 23 executive actions, and he’s called on Congress to pass legislation that would require background checks for all gun buyers, ban high-capacity magazines and ban some semiautomatic rifles often called assault weapons.

On Thursday, Mr. Biden faced questions about the efficacy of a ban on some semiautomatic rifles. The vice president noted that those weapons are involved in only a small fraction of gun deaths but said the restrictions make sense because police officers are outgunned on the streets by criminals with high-powered firearms. On Capitol HillSen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and other Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday to ban certain types of semiautomatic weapons.

While he defended the proposed ban, Mr. Biden, who emphasized that he’s a gun owner and a supporter of the Second Amendment, said he is more focused on limiting the capacity of magazines.

“There is no sporting need that I’m aware of for a magazine that holds 50 rounds,” he said.

Mr. Biden pointed to the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that critically injured former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. When the gunman paused to swap magazines, he was tackled, and lives were saved, the vice president said.

The president has called for limiting magazines to 10 rounds. Such restrictions would require congressional approval, and passing significant gun control legislation will be a heavy lift. Mr. Obama’s proposals are expected to face opposition from most Republicans, as well as some Democrats. The National Rifle Association, the country’s most powerful gun lobby, has been sharply critical of this effort.

Mr. Biden said that in the past, the NRA has been resistant to even less controversial measures because the organization argues that “it’s a slippery slope” toward more restrictions on guns. Both the left and the right sometimes take absolutist positions, the vice president said, but the vast majority of Americans agree on certain basic principles relating to gun safety.

Earlier this week, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre defended absolutism as a virtue, saying that without absolutes, constitutional rights would be threatened. He said the NRA believes in the right to defend one’s family with semiautomatic firearms.

Mr. Biden urged those who tuned in to his online interview to get involved, to speak up, even if they don’t agree with all of the administration’s ideas. With a tough slog expected in Congress, the president has said he’s counting on the public to push for change.

“Write your congressman,” Mr. Biden said as he wrapped up his chat.




Biden’s claim of brush with gun massacre questioned

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This is from The Washington Times.

As Rush would say The Washington Time committed a random act of journalism.

The left will say this is Joe just being Joe.




Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s claim that he heard the gunshots of a 2006 school massacre while playing golf is raising questions about his veracity or his memory.

Mr. Biden told a meeting of mayors in Washington Thursday that he was about a quarter-mile away from an Amish schoolhouse on Oct. 2, 2006, when a gunman shot and killed five students and wounded five others.

“I happened to be literally — probably, it turned out, to be a quarter of a mile [away] at an outing when I heard gunshots in the woods,” Mr. Biden recounted. “We didn’t know … we thought they were hunters.”

But a search of maps of the area in Lancaster County, Pa., shows the nearest golf course to the site of the shooting, Moccasin Run Golf Club, is about five miles away. Rodney King, the golf pro at Moccasin Run, said Friday he was working at the course on the day of the shooting and never saw Mr. Biden, who was then a U.S. senator.

“There’s a lot of things here that I find hard to believe,” Mr. King said. “I looked in my database, and he [Mr. Biden] is not in my database.”

Even if Mr. Biden had played at the course that day, Mr. King said, “It’s very far-fetched that he would have heard it.”

“I know he didn’t hear those gunshots,” Mr. King said. “They were inside the school. Even if they were outside, he wouldn’t have heard them.”

A spokeswoman for the vice president did not return a request seeking comment Friday. Mr. Biden told the story as he was describing for the mayors’ group the Obama administration’s efforts to enact new gun-control laws.

Another golf course in the region, the Lancaster Country Club, is about 10 miles away from the site of the shooting. Mr. King said it’s more likely that a group of golfers including a senator would play there.

“I would be honored to have Joe Biden play here because he’s a public figure,” he said. “But I put myself in his shoes — Moccasin Run Golf Club would not be the golf course I would go to if I’m going on a golf trip. We are a public facility.”

Mr. Biden said after the shooting, he saw helicopters flying to the scene. Medical helicopters were used to transport victims on that day.

Mr. King said there is a sportsman’s club about a mile from his golf course, and golfers can hear the shots from time to time during target practice. The schoolhouse has since been razed.

While running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2007, Mr. Biden said in a debate that he had been “shot at” during a trip to Iraq. Pressed by reporters, he eventually described three incidents on two separate Iraq trips in which he felt that he was shot at or might have been shot at.

He ended up revising his description by saying: “I was near where a shot landed.”

Aides later said that on one occasion Mr. Biden heard mortars being fired a few hundreds yards away from the building where he was staying in the Green Zone, and on another occasion a bullet was fired at a helicopter in which he was flying.
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Anti-gun Democratic congresswoman: There is a ‘mass killing happening in this country every single day’

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This is from The Daily Caller.

I wish someone would challenge Rep. Jacqueline Speir’s claims.

Where did she get her figures?

One more loon from San Fran sissy. 


Democratic California Rep. Jackie Speier said on CNN Monday that firearms are responsible for a “mass killing” every day in the United States. She revealed that the Obama administration is seriously considering implementing new gun control measures through executive orders.

“There is, in fact, a mass killing happening in this country every single day. Thirty-two people lose their lives every day,” Speier said. The congresswoman did not provide a source for that claim.

Speier was one of 12 House Democrats to meet with Vice President Joe Biden Monday morning as part of Biden’s inquiry into how to prevent future incidents of mass gun violence. No Republicans attended the meeting.


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Biden reportedly briefed Obama Monday afternoon, and is expected to present his complete findings to the president by Tuesday. Obama will use Biden’s research to develop new gun control measures, either legislatively or by issuing executive orders.

According to Speier, Biden said in the meeting that Obama is “absolutely committed” to an assault weapons ban and a prohibition against high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Biden also made clear, she said, that Obama can achieve many of his gun-control goals without Congress.

“(Biden) spoke about what the president can do by executive action, and there were some 19 different things that the president can do. He didn’t get into all of them, but certainly they will be considered by the president,” Speier said.

“I’m not going to let just one bill be the defining way that we address this issue,” Speier added.

Speier condemned leaders of the National Rifle Association, who met with Biden last week.

“The NRA is gonna use the muscle that it has used in prior Congresses to try and fear — put fear — into members’ voting decisions.”

Americans, she added, likely fear the constant presence of semi-automatic firearms.

“We shouldn’t have a situation where people are afraid to go to a movie, to go to take their kids to school, to just carry out their lives without fear that there’s going to be a gunman there spraying an assault weapon at them. So we have to take some steps,” Speier said.


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