Is Joe Biden really from this planet?

We have our doubts after hearing Uncle Joe's latest crazy talk on firing shotguns to promote anti-gun legislation.

Twice within a week, Biden made some insane scatter-shot comments which incited controversy from both political sides of the issue.

First, during a Facebook Town Hall on Feb. 19, he had this to say:

"If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun. Have the shells for a 12-gauge shotgun, and 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 that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. I promise you whoever's coming in is not going. 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."

What's really crazy is that such advice could land his wife Jill in a heap of legal trouble in the couples' home state. The Delaware code covers reckless endangering, which occurs "when the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of death to another person."

The Delaware hunting safety zone law also prohibits discharging a firearm "so that a shot, slug or bullet lands upon any occupied dwelling, house, or residence, or any barn, stable or other building used in connection therewith."

An aide to the vice president explained that Biden's comments were made in the response to a question about whether a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines will prevent law-abiding citizens from using a firearm in self-defense.

Regardless, he managed to upset both sides of the gun debate. First, when it comes to self-defense, few people, and women in particular, would favor a double barrel shotgun over a semi-automatic weapon. Once two rounds are fired from a shotgun, you very well could still be at the mercy of your attacker. In a high pressure situation, it can be very difficult to reload and fire again.

Biden's argument that a double-barreled shotgun is easier to use than an automatic weapon is also ludicrous. The recoil from a shotgun is much tougher to shoulder, especially for a smaller person, and particularly for a female.

A Texas gun shop owner quickly refuted Biden's claim that a 12-gauge shotgun is easier to handle and use than a semi-automatic rifle like the AR-15, which is known for its ease of use and accuracy, adding that it would be better for all-around home defense.

The vice president was once again in rare form during an interview with Field and Stream magazine when he advised gun owners to "just fire the shotgun through the door." Again he repeated his claim that most people can handle a shotgun "a lot better than they can a semi-automatic weapon."

In answer to a question about what he said in the first interview about firing into the air, Biden explained: "I said, 'Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door."

In the same interview, Biden also said that anyone who needs a "clip" (actually a magazine) with 30 rounds in it is a "danger" to themselves.

One thing we shouldn't expect to see anytime soon are the body guards protecting the president and vice president toting shotguns.

Summing up the vice president's latest advice on guns, one blogger said what a lot of people are thinking. Is he for real and if you are a liberal, how do you explain this guy?

To think that Biden is only a heart beat away from the presidency is a scary thought.

By Jim Zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com