Charges Dropped Against Man Who Fired Shotgun In Air on Biden’s Advice

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.


  1. avatar Bear The Grizzly says:

    You mean not every citizen lives in an ocean front mansion? How dreadful.

    1. avatar NickinTX says:

      I knew I forgot to sign something!

      1. avatar rosignol says:

        I am reminded of a joke from back when Doonesbury was still funny.

        “Rich people think homelessness is caused by bad divorce lawyers”

  2. avatar Dickie J says:

    I think Uncle Joe just didn’t want people to have a magazine capacity that exceeds his IQ.

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      So…a ban on single shot rifles?

  3. avatar Danny Griffin says:

    How did Barton obstruct a police officer? I hate the MSM. They rarely get all the facts (or tell the story correctly).

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      Here’s the law.

      I suspect he asked questions or refused to show absolute deference to the cop.

      But at least it’s not something that can cost him his guns or CPL.

      1. avatar The Brotherhood of Steel says:

        Exactly. He should feel lucky he wasn’t forcefully sodomized by the local police. Ya’ll would be surprised at the amount of forcible rapes that occur by the police. (victims being male and female).

  4. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    If you think about it, what Joe Biden said was actually very good advise because his advise was to his wife who would never face any charges for anything if Mrs. Biden fired a shotgun into the air on her balcony. Now if you or I fire a shotgun into the air on our balcony, we will face charges.

    That is simply one of the perks of being a member of the ruling class: the ruling class has a lot more “leeway” and “discretion” in the law. The working class … not so much.

    1. avatar Paladin says:

      And people say the class system is dead.

  5. avatar CA.Ben says:

    Discharging a shotgun into the air isn’t reckless, especially at a near vertical angle. Ask any upland game hunter.

    1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      Tell that to Dick Chaney.

      1. avatar Bobble says:

        Please explain how Cheney fired a shotgun vertically into the air in an unsafe manner. Facts and physics side with CABen.

    2. avatar Zachary marrs says:

      When do upland game hunters use buckshot?

      1. avatar CA.Ben says:

        Even buckshot is not going to have more energy than a medium sized hailstone coming down. Because shotgun pellets are not spin-stabilized, they fall downwards at basically terminal velocity after being fired, even at angles that aren’t near vertical.

    3. avatar ChrisB says:

      It is a crime in DC where Biden lives, in fact it is on the DC firearms written test

    4. avatar DaveM says:

      “Discharging a shotgun into the air isn’t reckless, especially at a near vertical angle. Ask any upland game hunter.”
      Correct me if I am wrong but near vertical also works for near horizontal, Dick did shoot his hunting partner in the face which is usually discouraged
      How short/tall was the guy?

      1. avatar Full Cleveland says:

        Cheney hangs with some tough SOB’s.

      2. avatar jack in the Crack says:

        Lucky for the partner who got shot he had enough “juice” they couldn’t just “disappear” him to make the whole thing go away.

        ….Speaking of VPs, it is horrifying to think Old Joe is simply a heartbeat away from the throne.

    5. avatar The Brotherhood of Steel says:

      To liberals, if there’s a gun involved in any way, shape, or form, a federal offense has been committed and all parties belong in prison for the rest of their natural lives. And the victims deserve full government benefits for the rest of their lives.

  6. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    Typical. This is no surprise.

  7. avatar Accur81 says:

    Hmmm, I guess taking tactical advice from a politician is a bad idea.

  8. avatar Tsn4 says:

    Ah, the prosecutor has opted to go with Old Reliable. “Obstructing a Police Officer”. Film a cop on the street, Obstructing a Police Officer. Look at a cop the wrong way. Obstructing a Police Officer. Refuse to scrape and cower when cops barks orders at you that he has no authority to issue, Obstructing a Police Officer. Walking down the sidewalk at the wrong time, Obstructing a Police Officer. Point out that you as a citizen have certain rights that must be respected, Obstructing a Police Officer. Get robbed and defend yourself and your property in a manor specifically detailed and prescribed the be the Vice President of the United states, Obstructing a Police Officer.

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      Or, just for a little variety, betray an “irate demeanor” when the cops come to investigate you for killing your neighbor’s pet _dinosaur_ : “disorderly conduct”.

  9. avatar WV Cycling says:

    That interviewer’s voice…

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    I’m getting caps and hair plugs. ‘Cause Joe Biden says so, that’s why.

  11. avatar former water walker says:

    Now we know why Barry Soetero kept shotgun Joe as VP.So no one would think about doing a JFK on him. Man Dan Quayle looks good.

  12. avatar doesky2 says:

    Oh cmon….you should have posted the YT reaction to Slow Joe.

  13. avatar ChuckN says:

    “-it’s good to see a district attorney decline to prosecute a legitimate
    defensive gun use-”

    Something tells me that the DA’s choice had absolutely nothing to do
    with the incident and everything to do with the inevitable political fallout.

  14. avatar jwm says:

    Phuck, phuck, phuck. Just thinking of joe biden makes me want to have an old school tantrum. This could be a decent country without him, barry, feinstein, kapo bloomberg and all those other anti civil rights trolls.

  15. avatar LongPurple says:

    When you listen to Joe stating his stupid thoughts, you come to realize why he plagiarizes the thoughts of others.

  16. avatar Randy says:

    He’s got round the clock Secret Service protection , his wife Jill don’t need to even think about any intruders.

  17. avatar Mike S. says:

    The only kind of Gun Control we need in this country is Not letting Joe Biden near a gun.

  18. avatar Bob72 says:

    Vancouver is right across the river from Portland Oregon, a rabidly Progressive city. This is a place I know well. With the potential for a jury containing a number of loyal Progressives, the defense just has to point out that Joe Biden told the defendant to do it, and there would be a guaranteed acquittal.

  19. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

    Using a firearm for nonlethal crime deterrence? An example of wise proportionality, and they call that a crime? This country is upside down on common sense. So are the police. I’m surprised they didn’t charge him violating noise ordinances.

  20. avatar borg says:

    The prosecutor probably realized that Biden would end up being called as a witness.

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