It was one of the most jaw-droppingly idiotic things I had ever seen. In the middle of the rush for gun control legislation following the Newtown shooting, Joe Biden did an interview in which he advised the U.S. population that it was perfectly OK to blindly fire a shotgun through their front door if a stranger knocked on it, and to crack off a shot in the air if they felt threatened. One man in Washington foolishly followed the Veep’s advice, discharging his shotgun recklessly into the night sky, and was promptly charged with a crime. As a defense, he had planned to claim that Joe Biden told him to do it during trial. Now it seems like that won’t be necessary . . .
From the Associated Press:
A prosecutor says he’ll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when he fired a shotgun in the air to chase off intruders….
Barton will instead face a charge of obstructing a police officer, Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik said Tuesday.
Barton, 53, acknowledges firing the gun in July 2013 to chase away three men who appeared to be breaking into his vehicles in Vancouver.
He planned the so-called “Biden defense,” based on a statement the vice president made in February 2013 that people don’t need automatic weapons because shooting a shotgun in the air would scare off intruders.
Golik doubts a jury would be persuaded beyond a reasonable doubt that Barton violated the law.
Honestly, I’m a little disappointed. I was looking forward to watching the trial and seeing how the “Biden Defense” held up in court. On the other hand, it’s good to see a district attorney decline to prosecute a legitimate defensive gun use — even if it might not have been conducted in the safest manner.