WASHINGTON (February 19, 20113)--Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday.
The vice president encouraged those worried about defending themselves to buy shotguns.
Biden was speaking Tuesday in an online video as part of a Facebook Town Hall hosted by Parents Magazine on the administration's strategy for reducing gun violence.
Biden said he keeps two shotguns and shells locked up in a metal safe in his home.
He said he has told his wife, Jill, that if she needs to protect herself, "take that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts."