New York Man Uses Shotgun to Defend Family From Intruder

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A defensive gun use that even Joe Biden would approve of? Maybe so. 

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office in New York says a resident of a mobile home park acted in self-defense when he fatally shot an intruder last week, using a shotgun to protect himself and his family from the stranger. 


In an update Monday, June 17, investigators said the deceased man forced his way into a stranger’s home and attacked a resident. He then chased the resident into a bedroom where other occupants had hidden.

One of the residents armed himself with a shotgun and fired two shots, killing the suspect.

Deputies identified the man as 49-year-old Kurt Hubbard, a resident of the Locust Grove Motel in Malta. The agency did not speculate on a motive for the break-in.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo thanked the residents of Northway Estates and other members of the community for coming forward and assisting with the investigation.

“As I stated Friday, I am confident that there is no threat to the community,” Zurlo said. “At this time, the investigation has not revealed any criminal conduct by the resident who appears to have been defending himself inside of his home from a subject who was not known to him.”

Back in 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden infamously instructed Americans that they didn't need an AR-15 or any other semi-automatic rifle for home defense. Instead, he said we should all "buy a shotgun" to use instead.

"We live in an area that's wooded and secluded," Biden said. "I said, Jill, if there's ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here ... put that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house."

"I promise you whoever's coming in is not gonna," Biden said. "You don't need an AR-15 (assault rifle). 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," he said, lowering his voice almost to whisper.

Biden's advice could land Jill or anyone else who follows it in legal hot water, since generally warning shots aren't considered a valid reason to discharge a firearm in a residential setting. Biden was also widely mocked for his claim that AR-15s are harder to aim than a shotgun, as well as his contention that no one needs 30 rounds for self-defense; an argument that he continues to make to this day despite being protected by Secret Service agents who have far more than 30 rounds at their disposal. 

The truth is that Joe Biden can't tell us how many intruders might decide our home makes for an inviting target, nor can he predict how many rounds we might have to use to protect our loved ones. In this case it was a lone assailant who made his way into a stranger's home and two shots was enough to end the threat, but incidents involving multiple home invaders breaking into residences and harming the folks inside aren't exactly unheard of. 

And let's be honest. Even though the armed citizen in this incident did use a Biden-approved shotgun to defend himself and his family, the odds of the president praising or even acknowledging the defensive gun use are about as high as him running a 10K race to celebrate Independence Day. The gun-banner-in-chief can't afford to tick off his allies in the gun control movement, so even if he wanted to say something about this particular defensive gun use (doubtful in and of itself), it's better for him to keep his mouth shut. 


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