According to The Hill, former Vice-President Joe Biden plans to run for the Democrat nomination in the race for President in 2020. Yes, Mr. "If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun" Biden believes that with his announcement, he will become the front-runner right away.
From The Hill:
Former Vice President Joe Biden will run for president in 2020, a senior Democratic lawmaker told The Hill on Tuesday, a move that will shake up the crowded Democratic primary field and make him the clear front-runner for his party’s nomination against President Trump.
“I’m giving it a shot,” Biden said matter-of-factly during a phone call with a House Democratic lawmaker within the past week — a conversation the congressman recounted to The Hill and interpreted as a sure sign that Biden will run in 2020.
In the brief phone call, the former vice president asked if he could bounce some campaign strategy ideas off the lawmaker and invited the lawmaker to sit down with him in person in the near future. Biden also said he hoped to have the lawmaker’s support
If true, this will become the best primary election season, ever. Right away, Biden will duke it out with Bernie Sanders for the front-runner spot in the Democrat primary. And Biden has plenty of issues dogging him. Especially in this #MeToo time in America.
Among Creepy Uncle Joe's other vulnerabilities: His relentless campaigning for gun control, which failed dramatically after Sandy Hook.
Biden's misfire on gun control
His push for action after Sandy Hook ended in defeat
Six weeks after their reelection, the president put Joe Biden in charge of the most serious push for gun control in decades, sparked by the massacre of children at Sandy Hook Elementary. It seemed like the moment when national outrage might lead to congressional action.
Biden did not deliver.
And then, for gun owners, his naive, ill-informed firearm recommendations for effective self-defense strategies for women. "Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun," he said. And that cemented his "buy a shotgun" reputation. Where did he offer this lousy advice about buying a shotgun for women's self-defense come from?
It came from a Facebook town hall meeting for Parents Magazine. Really. The all-knowing Vice-President shared his sage advice when the topic turned to guns. Biden shocked many of the delicate snowflake parents listening with his full-throated support of gun ownership for self-defense. The foreign media were nonplussed as well. Here the UK Telegraph reports on Biden's advice:
The US vice-president, who is spearheading the White House’s gun policy proposals, said he told his wife to reach for the family shotgun if there were an intruder at their secluded Delaware home.
“Jill, if there’s ever a problem here, just walk out on the balcony, here, walk out, put that double-barrel shotgun and just fire two blasts outside the house,” Mr Biden said.
The unusual advice came during an online forum with readers of Parents Magazine, where Mr Biden shocked some liberals with his enthusiastic endorsement of shotguns for self-defence.
“If you want to protect yourself buy a double-barrelled shotgun,” Mr Biden responded to a woman’s question about defending her house. “You don’t need an AR-15: it’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use and you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself.”
Lowering his voice, he added: “Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun.”
At the same time, among gun owners who know better, Biden's statements made him appear to be a fool. And a subsequent YouTube mash-up of Biden's advice intermingled with videos of women having bad experiences shooting shotguns made for entertaining viewing.
The video above has over 3.2 million views alone. Others have posted the same or similar videos and those have millions of additional views on YouTube.
Meanwhile, gun owners know how quickly beginners take to America's favorite rifle, the AR-15. Yes, regular, everyday Americans. Including women.
And even young teens can handle an AR very well while enjoying themselves.
Yes, this promises to become an entertaining election season.