Though he has somehow held an elected office through much of his adult life, Joe Biden’s greatest achievement has not been any sweeping legislation or principled filibuster, but a never-ending supply of gaffes.
The majority of his verbal misfires are good for a laugh but cause no real damage. One of his comments, though, might translate to legal woes for one Washington state man.
When 52-year-old Jeffery Barton saw what he believed to be a group of individuals breaking into his vehicles, he recalled the advice of the vice-president.
Offering input into the debate over gun control, Biden suggested that Americans “get a double-barreled shotgun” for protection. He advised his wife to “fire two blasts outside the house” should she sense trouble.
Barton heeded those words at his own peril. He has since been charged with one count of illegally aiming or disgcharging a firearm, to which he pleaded not guilty.
“I did what Joe Biden told me to do,” he said in his defense. “I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air.”
Clark County sheriff’s deputies, however, dispute the politician’s sage advice, saying that the law doesn’t allow Barton to fire a weapon in the absence of a life-threatening event.
At the very least, this defendant will be able to present a unique argument during upcoming court appearances. Maybe Biden himself will receive a subpoena to appear as an expert witness.
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