Biden: No One’s Taking My Shotguns

By Melanie Arter | February 19, 2013 | 4:44 PM EST

Vice President Joe Biden (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

( – Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said no one is taking his shotguns when asked during an online town hall meeting on gun violence whether he thought a ban on guns would be effective.

“There is no ban on guns. No one’s banning the gun—no one’s taking my shotgun. I have two shotguns at home. They’re in a cabinet. They’re locked. There’s ammunition there as well. No one’s gonna come and take my gun. No one’s going to take anyone’s gun.

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The town hall meeting was sponsored by Facebook and Parents magazine.

“Samantha Philips asks, if the ban on drugs did not work with taking them off the street, how do you think a ban on guns is going to be different?” the Facebook moderator asked.

“We’re talking about a background check, and the analogy to if there was a ban on drugs how would any regulation on the type of weapon available out there, why would that make sense?” Biden asked.

“Are you suggesting we have no—we just legalize all drugs? Is that what you’re suggesting? That would go real well in Parents magazine. Let’s talk about everybody being able to, no matter what your age go out and be able to purchase cocaine. What do you think about that?” the vice president asked.

Biden called the comparison between a drug ban and a gun ban “not appropriate, quite frankly.”

“The idea you should have no law unless the law you have prevents all violations of that law. That is not the way society work,” he said.

“The moral disapprobation of society has an impact on behavior in societies, and the moral disapprobation of the idea that you can leave a loaded gun around your house, there shouldn’t be gun safety practiced by families that own weapons, etcetera, is a very important element in seeing to there’s greater gun safety and security for our children,” Biden added.

Biden assured gun owners during the 2008 presidential race that President Barack Obama would not take away their guns. “I guarantee ya, Barack Obama ain’t takin’ my shotgun, so don’t buy that malarky. . . I got two, and if he [Obama] tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem!” Biden said in 2008.