WASHINGTON, February 7, 2014 – During the last spate of maniacal gun grabbing hysteria, Vice President Joe Biden, in his classic shoot-aim-point style of analysis, sputtered the now infamous advice, “Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.” In addition, Biden made a series of ill conceived comments during an interview with Parent’s Magazine in February of 2013.
The perception that Joe Biden is a harmless, doddering fool ignores a very serious reality. As Vice President, Biden wields power far out of proportion to his meager intellectual acumen. It is a power bestowed on him by the media, in spite of his lack of intellect.
Therefore, his statements have influence. Sadly, Biden’s influence seems to be at its zenith with the troubled, weak-minded, self-destructive, and homicidal.
Six months after Biden’s ill conceived comments on September 16, 2013, a suicidal maniac entered the Navy Yard facility and, armed with a 12 gauge shotgun, initiated a mass shooting. This, of course, occurred in a liberal sanctuary, the fabled “gun-free zone.” This incident was the first “mass shooting” subsequent to the Vice President’s advice to “Buy a shotgun.”
This incident was somewhat unusual, as the much maligned “assault weapon” was not the weapon of choice in this incident. Instead, the perpetrator seemed to have taken Biden’s sage counsel. But, a single incident does not a pattern make.
We didn’t have to wait long for the next “mass shooting” to occur. In December of 2013, Arapahoe High School experienced a mass shooting involving the use of a shotgun. Most recently, January 26, 2014, the third mass shooting occurred at the Mall of Columbia with the use of a shotgun.
What is most striking is the historical record of mass shootings prior to Biden’s shotgun comments. The tragedy that inspired Biden’s gaffe was the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting which occurred on December 14, 2012. That act of barbarity was accomplished using an AR-15 type carbine. Going back as far as the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, a shotgun was used only twice in mass shootings over a five year period. In 2009 (The Carthage Nursing Home shooting) and in 2012 (The Aurora Theatre Shooting) shotguns were used, along with hand guns.
Since Biden’s comments, a shotgun has been used in three shootings covering a span of only ten months.
Though this brief survey cannot be deemed to be conclusive, it does lead a thinking person to consider how Biden’s ill conceived comments may have contributed to the use of the shotgun in the most recent acts of barbarity. To lend some perspective, how were Sarah Palin’s innocuous comments treated with regard to “targeting” political opponents? She was lambasted in the press as fomenting insurrection and inspiring murder.
What is particularly ironic, is that Sarah Palin was dismissed by the liberal media machine precisely for making statements that they characterized as ignorant, uniformed, or inflammatory. Palin has never once advised people to blast away indiscriminately with a shotgun. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is provided with a national platform, by an uncritical and fawning media, from which to espouse his stream of consciousness form of social and political commentary.
There is always a price to be paid for stupidity and society at large pays the price of unintended consequences. But, when you’re a leftist Vice President, you get to say really stupid things and garner respect and celebrity for it.