Allah captures nicely Joe Biden’s risible claims to be a defender of the Second Amendment:

In an out-of-nowhere attempt to re-assure a southwestern Virginia labor crowd about gun owners’ rights, Biden — who regularly scores “F” ratings from the National Rifle Association — warned Obama that if “he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem.”

“I guarantee you Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey,” Biden said Saturday at the United Mine Workers of America’s annual fish fry in Castlewood, Virginia. “Don’t buy that malarkey. They’re going to start peddling that to you.”

Biden told the crowd that he himself is a gun owner. “I got two,” Biden said, “if he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem. I like that little over and under, you know? I’m not bad with it. So give me a break. Give me a break. I think most of us remember Biden’s contempt and condescension when a gun owner posed a question at the Democratic YouTube debate. As I pointed out on my personal blog, Joe Biden is so enthusiastic about gun control that he was eager to lie about his role in the assault weapons ban.

But this is an occasion where Biden is lucky to be so gaffe-prone. Given the lack of credibility on guns, few will notice the sudden addition to his resume:

Biden took the stage atop a sunny hilltop above Virginia coal country and told the crowd, “Hope you won’t hold it against me, but I am a hard coal miner — anthracite coal. Scranton, Pennsylvania, that’s where I was born and raised.”

Well, Joe Biden’s just gone up a notch in my estimation! A ‘hard coal miner.’ I can’t help but wonder whether Biden stole away from his family to work in the mines before he left Scranton at age 10. (If so, I want to talk to him about his views on child labor laws.) Or perhaps he worked in the mines during his summers away from Law school — to help pay the bills. Or maybe Biden’s family were coal miners — though his Wikipedia bio says his father was a car salesman, and his grandfather an elected official.

Still, I’m even more impressed that Biden was a ‘hard coal miner’ without it earning a mention in his bio.

I’ll leave you with a brief memory of Biden’s memorable trip back to Scranton, where he joined his brothers in the mine once again.

Update: Fausta thinks I’ve got the wrong coal miner movie. She suggests How Green Was My Valley. While I’m familiar with many of the works in the Roddy McDowell ouevre, this one has escaped me. If you’ve seen both, feel free to comment.