Nightly News   |  February 19, 2013

Biden: ‘Get a double-barreled shotgun’

During a live video town hall on gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden said you don’t need an AR-15 to protect yourself, a shotgun will do. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> vice president joe biden is out with another one of those sound bites that could live on for a long time. he appeared on a live video town hall on gun violence sponsored by facebook and "parents" magazine. he was responding to a gun owner fearful about a ban on certain kinds of weapons and clips, that it would leave people unable to protect themselves in their home.

>> kate, if you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun, have the shells of a 12-gauge shotgun, and i promise you, as i told my wife, we live in an area that's wooded and somewhat secluded. i said, jill, if there's ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out, put that double-barrelled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. i promise you whosever coming in -- you don't need an ar-15. 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.

>> the vice president went on to say the government has to make some limits on the weapons people can buy. otherwise, he said, the wrong people would have flamethrowers and rocket launchers and billionaires could buy fully loaded fighter jets .