“I did what Joe Biden told me to do,” Barton told KOIN. “I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air.”
According to an article in the Daily Caller 52 year old Washington resident Jeffrey Barton took Joe Biden’s advice, and was arrested for it. When he caught some prowlers trying to break into his car, Barton fired a shotgun into the air in order to scare them off. When reporting the incident to the police, Barton was arrested and “charged with one count of illegal aiming or discharging a firearm”. Vice President Joe Biden had originally made the following comments during an online town hall interview:
“I said, Jill, if there’s ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here or walk out, put that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house…”
It is unclear whether the charges stem from following Joe Biden’s advice, or whether a balcony was necessary in order for the advice to be properly used. But Barton isn’t the only one who has followed the advice of Joe Biden. The Daily Caller reports that a group called the Armed Citizen Project is organizing a gun “buyback we can believe in, one that removes old and unused firearms from homes of existing gun owners, and uses them to create new responsible gun owners in our own communities.” The project is called the Redistribution of Firepower Program.
“We’ve combined Joe Biden’s love of shotguns with Obama’s love of redistribution,” Armed Citizen Project Executive Director Kyle Coplen told The Daily Caller. “At some point, you’ve earned too many guns.”
The group’s plan is to buy back unused guns from the owners, and redistribute those guns to people who are in high risk crime areas. The new recipient of the gun will receive training with the firearm, and have a background check completed before receiving the firearm. Already an entire at risk neighborhood has been trained and armed, and the group is going national. The people who the program is aimed at benefitting are widows, single moms, retirees, and others who may need a gun for self defense, but may be unable to afford the training and firearm.
I think it is great that this group is standing up to help prevent people from becoming victims. I think it is hilarious that they are tapping into the Obama Administration’s own redistribution ideology to do it.