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Not From the Onion: Biden Says He Is “Shooting for Tuesday” on Gun Control Recommendations — But Cautions That “There’s No Silver Bullet”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:24 am

You seriously cannot make this stuff up:

Vice President Joe Biden culminated a week of meetings on gun policy Friday, telling representatives of the video game industry that “there’s no silver bullet” when it comes to confronting gun violence.

. . . .

“I’m shooting for Tuesday,” he said. “I hope I get it done by then.”

Biden added that he hopes that Congress will “pull the trigger” on new gun legislation, but added that he was afraid Republicans would “stick to their guns” and oppose new measures. When asked if he was serious, Biden replied: “Sure as shootin’!”

OK, the ones in the last paragraph were made up. But only the last paragraph. The block quote above — the quote from the L.A. Times story — that’s all real.

He really said all that. Really.

Don’t believe me? Let me Google that for you.


  1. BANG!

    Comment by Patterico (8b3905) — 1/14/2013 @ 12:24 am

  2. That Biden, he’s a pistol.

    Comment by Alvin H. Belt (aca75a) — 1/14/2013 @ 2:58 am

  3. I wonder if biden could handle a cap gun?

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 1/14/2013 @ 3:23 am

  4. He just shoots from the hip.

    Comment by kinlaw (2fb87c) — 1/14/2013 @ 4:26 am

  5. ‘we really dodged a bullet there,’ Powell even said so.

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 1/14/2013 @ 4:38 am

  6. Good Lord. This addle-brained Chia-Pet headed embarrassment is one heartbeat away from the presidency. God help us……

    Comment by unclebryan (af11a1) — 1/14/2013 @ 5:04 am

  7. Rather than criticize Biden (who I didn’t vote for), how about giving him some credit for not worrying that someone somewhere might take offense at something he says. I think it’s ridiculous that the most easily offended people get to define what is and what isn’t offensive or harassment.

    Comment by JD (steve) (369bc6) — 1/14/2013 @ 5:59 am

  8. sorry, I didn’t notice the old JD sock name was still auto filling.

    Comment by steve (369bc6) — 1/14/2013 @ 5:59 am

  9. ‘civility, would be an interesting concept’

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 1/14/2013 @ 6:03 am

  10. Biden’s set to go off half-cocked.

    Comment by ropelight (ccdf30) — 1/14/2013 @ 6:54 am

  11. Biden always take a high-capacity magazine into the bathroom on Taco night.

    Comment by Pious Agnostic (6ff605) — 1/14/2013 @ 12:07 pm

  12. Shot off his mouth and sustained a foot wound . . . again.

    Comment by Icy (843df0) — 1/14/2013 @ 12:19 pm

  13. “I think it’s ridiculous that the most easily offended people get to define what is and what isn’t offensive or harassment.”

    steve – So do we, that’s why the left is so easy to mock.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 1/14/2013 @ 12:28 pm

  14. 7. Rather than criticize Biden (who I didn’t vote for), how about giving him some credit for not worrying that someone somewhere might take offense at something he says. I think it’s ridiculous that the most easily offended people get to define what is and what isn’t offensive or harassment.

    Comment by JD (steve) (369bc6) — 1/14/2013 @ 5:59 am

    What he’s saying is offensive. Not because he advocates stupidly. But because of what he’s advocating.

    Comment by Steve57 (fe2b65) — 1/15/2013 @ 6:45 am

  15. Gun controllers don’t really want to control guns. They want to control you. There’s no end to it. In England they banned handguns. Now they want to ban sharp knives. Apparently a bunch of British doctors interviewed some chefs and arrived at the conclusion no one needs a knife with a point (wich goes a long way to explaining English cuisine).

    And they’re also proposing to outlaw pint glasses.

    Once you start down this road there’s no end. Eventually you start banning things like venti Frappucinos or Mickey D’s happy meals. Because some idiots think they’ve got the right to ban things that aren’t good for you to have or give to your kids.

    That’s not offensive?

    Comment by Steve57 (fe2b65) — 1/15/2013 @ 6:55 am

  16. All of this gun control rhetoric is part of a larger picture of eroding freedom. I’m having a hard time getting upset about it in this context, when I think of the freedoms that have quietly been set aside and the others around the corner I see wavering.

    The Rubicon was crossed a while ago. Just another domino.

    Our birthright was sold for a pocket full of mumbles.

    Comment by Amphipolis (d3e04f) — 1/15/2013 @ 7:03 am

  17. Now they want to ban sharp knives. Apparently a bunch of British doctors interviewed some chefs and arrived at the conclusion no one needs a knife with a point

    That was about 7 years ago. And their claim wasn’t that nobody needs a knife with a point, but that nobody needs a long knife with a point; you can use a long square knife and then a short pointy knife. Which is true, I suppose, especially if you’re a chef in a top kitchen and can have all the equipment you want, and commis to wash it afterwards.

    Comment by Milhouse (15b6fd) — 1/15/2013 @ 3:57 pm

  18. I learned something new just now: the plural of commis is commis. One commis, two commis, 1000 commis.

    Comment by Milhouse (15b6fd) — 1/15/2013 @ 3:59 pm

  19. The House majority leader should offer the Senate majority leader the following deal: I’ll let what-ever gun control bill you manage to pass in the Senate come up for a vote in the House, after you let the next budget bill the House passes come up for a vote in the Senate.


    Comment by LarryD (3df552) — 1/15/2013 @ 4:53 pm

  20. Meanwhile the infection has spread to the LA City Counsel, where L.A. Councilman Paul Krekorian calls for prohibition on high-capacity ammo. Or maybe “high-magazine clips.”

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 1/15/2013 @ 5:45 pm

  21. Government Cries Uncle
    Over The Run On Gun Sales
    By Ron Branson

    All the talk about gun control and taking in the guns from Americans has had an unintended negative result for government. Gun sales have gone over the top with gun sales going up four times over. People are standing in lines at gun shops buying everything they can, and gun manufactures cannot keep up with the enormous demand.

    Further, membership with the N.R.A has risen immensely at a said rate of 8,000 new members people per day. Government now realizes that they have lit a fire keg, and wondering how to stop it.

    Those who support the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, also support the First Amendment right of Freedom of the Press, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” Ironically, while here it is not Congress that is seeing to stifle Freedom of Press, but the Press itself. I refer to a national news article regarding abounding gun sales telling the story and they have appended to the bottom these words; “Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.” In other words, “They will not allow us to redistribute this truth to the public.”

    Now while I believe the assertion that the Associated Press News sources can prevent us getting the word out to the public in that such position is Constitutionally infirm, it is not my intent to here challenge such their position, but to show their hypocrisy. I am not “selling,” or seeking to make a profit off their newspaper, nor stealing their work by not giving them recognized credit, but to freely get the word out to the public. I wonder what the motive of the establishment media is. Unfortunately, the same people wishing to collect all the guns are the same ones that control the media. I don’t know about you, but that seems to me to be lopsided. Where are the People’s interests represented? Certainly not in the politicians calling for gun control, nor in the media propagating their propaganda. Maybe we should expand this subject of “control” to include “Media Control,” but that would be too revealing as to what they are really after.

    Okay, so now we have the top government officials calling for a moratorium on gun sales, which message they are sending to all gun stores. This they say is necessary while Congress debates whether Americans should be allowed to own guns. But if you get the jest of what they are saying, government is asking all gun manufacturers and businesses to quite selling guns at a time when gun sales has never been greater.

    Such request defies common sense, but what are we to expect out of government? Would an auto manufacturer quit building automobiles while Congress debates their rise in sales. Government lit the fuse on this keg, we didn’t. Perhaps we own government a debt of gratitude for vastly improving the necessary need for a well armed society, as per the Second Amendment.

    What the government has done is equivalent to hacking at hydras, i.e., every hack, grows independently into that which they seek to prevent. Right now, as we speak, the president has signed new executive orders while People who never gave a thought to manufacturing guns are getting involved in this new found gun frenzy. Government is seeking frantically to put the genie back in the bottle, for, as it is said, it is easy to let the cat out of the bag, getting it back in is another story.

    Oh, that I could republish what the media is saying, but they just do not want me to do that. So I ask, why publish truth which you do not want the public to know about? Are they afraid that I will not give them the credit, or that I am going to carry bags of cash to the bank of this news that the government is crying uncle?

    Government is admitting that gun sales is way up since the alleged December mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The mass media of this event just did not produce the result intended.

    Now why do I use the word “alleged.” It is because my research has revealed more holes within the official story than found in swiss cheese. I expect to soon seen a full-featured movie coming forth that will astound this nation with revelations not being revealed to you by the mass media.

    You might be asking yourself, “What would motivate government to fake a fantastic publicity stunt if certain “facts” within the official media reports will not stand up to scrutiny? We shall leave that question to another discussion. What we are dealing with here is the government’s cry for a moratorium on gun sales. “People, people, please quit buying gun, and businesses quit selling guns. Give us time to legislate and pass new laws. Give us time to determine whether Americans should be armed, and then we will tell you what we mandate of you.”

    Congress is afraid of “Closing the gate after all the horses have left.” Indeed, government is saying that it won’t help their cause if more guns are out there in circulation due to a run on guns. Their words, not mine.

    Government is now out front of a stampede seeking to call off the stampede. This is like trying to stop a run on the bank as confidence in the banking system wains, and everyone seeks to get their money out of the bank, calling for a moratorium upon withdrawals.

    It’s time government be stampeded as the People run right over them in a made dash to buy their guns and arm themselves from a tyrannical government.

    “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” Declaration of Independence

    Comment by Ron Branson (946c9d) — 1/16/2013 @ 9:26 pm

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