Background: in what may end up being the most epic Joe Biden Opens His Mouth EVER the Vice President told a Facebook 'town hall' hosted by Parenting Magazine that he had advised his wife that her proper firearms strategy in case of home invasion should be to... get a shotgun, brandish it, and empty the barrels into the air... Hold up! Wait, wait, I know what you're going to say.
- You're going to say Do not wield a firearm unless you are prepared to use it; do not point a firearm at a person unless you are prepared to shoot that person; do not shoot a person unless you are prepared to kill him or her. And you would be right. Those are all true things. But that's not Jill Biden's only problem if she follows that advice.
- You're also going to say, like Reason.com did, that "since hypothetical frightened Jill Biden has just fired two shells into the air from a double-barreled shotgun, she is now disarmed, and has to reload before she can defend herself." And you would be right there, too. Because that is also true. But those are not Jill Biden's only two problems if she follows that advice.
It's the third problem that is going to really complicate Jill Biden's life: what her husband suggests that she do in this situation is actually a felony in the State of Delaware*.
[Defense attorney and former Delaware deputy attorney general John] Garey said that under Biden's scenario, Jill Biden could be charged with aggravated menacing, a felony, and reckless endangering in the first degree.
"You cannot use deadly force to protect property" in Delaware, added Garey.
Delaware is a 'may-issue' state that doesn't have too much in the way of firearms possession rules (for now), but it lacks both Castle Doctrine and Stand-Your-Ground protections; basically, if you shoot somebody - even if it's on your property - you're probably best off if it's in response to a violent attack and you couldn't legitimately run away. Whether or not Joe Biden in fact knows this or not is an open question, of course; you'd think that the father of Delaware's current Attorney General would have that information at hand, but then, it's Joe Biden. What's kind of more important is what would happen to a woman who took this advice who was NOT Jill Biden: which is to say, a woman who was not married to the Vice President and the mother of the Attorney General. Best guess? Jail time.
And there's even one MORE problem with this advice: it's all wrong. The right advice that Joe Biden should have given to Jill Biden on this issue would be Get out of the Secret Service's multiple lines of fire, dear. But then, that's really the issue, here? Vice President Biden has no idea at all what reality is like for most of the population; worse, Biden thinks that he does have an idea, and there's nobody around willing to explain how things work.
That's... a dangerous combination.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*It's also kind of a dumb idea on general principles.