Speaking about gun violence on MSNBC this morning, Joe Biden explained that there’s a growing group of gun owners in America who only own a semi-automatic weapon because they like the way it feels at the range.
“There is a whole new sort of group of individuals now who – I don’t know what the numbers are – that never hunt at all,” Biden said. “But they own guns for one of two reasons, self-protection or they just like the feel of that AR-15 at the range. They like the way it feels.”
Biden imitated holding a weapon and added, “You know, it’s like driving a Ferrari, Do you know what I mean?”
“My impression is there’s not the same sort of cultural norm about gun ownership with a lot of people who are buying guns now,” Biden added recalling a dinner he attended in Delaware sponsored by the “White Neck Hunting Club.”
It seems the vice president is forgetting that gun owners go to the range primarily for practice, whether you’re a hunter, own a gun for self-defense, sport or any other reason–and it’s pretty irresponsible not to. Why else would law enforcement officials have to qualify every year, and in some cases, up to four times a year? Sure, it may be fun to go to the range, but to say that there’s an entire group of individuals that does so only because they “like the way it feels” is ridiculous.