“If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun. You don’t need an AR-15,” Mr. Biden said, referring to an assault-style rifle. “It’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use, and in fact, you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.”
Permit me to disagree with the Vice President. While some folks have pointed out that a double-barrel shotgun has an inherent deficiency when one is faced with three targets, I’d like to point out some other things from my personal experience. It is possible to be facing an opponent who is so psyched up that multiple gunshot wounds are required to take him down. It’s also possible to miss and have to fire again. I’ve had the experience of running out of ammunition and having to reload while a gunfight was still in progress. As Field Marshall Rommel noted, the winner is the man with a round still left in a magazine.
I have a hunting shotgun that I could use in a home defense situation. Its magazine holds more than two rounds. However, it would not be my weapon of choice. Given the layout of my house, a handgun or carbine is a better choice.
Also, having used M16 rifles (the M16 is a military version of the AR15) while in the Army, I can tell you that they are much easier to shoot properly than double-barrel shotguns. The sights are easy to align, (Yes, you do have to aim a shotgun; the pattern has a diameter of only 4 in or so at 25 ft.) and the recoil or “kick” is much lighter–so the weapon is easier to keep under control.
While Joe Biden is famous for shooting off his mouth, I doubt he has any real experience as either a gunfighter or an AR15 user.