During a town hall event on ABC News, Joe Biden made a completely nonsensical suggestion for how police should deal with violent attackers.
Biden said that instead of shooting to kill, police should just shoot an attacker in the leg.
It’s amazing that he can say such ridiculous things with a straight face.
No, Joe Biden, Cops Can’t Just Shoot People in the Leg
During ABC’s town hall event with former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate provided a garbled response to a question about criminal justice reform. In particular, he wrongly suggested that when police fire their weapons at suspects, they could shoot to wound instead of shooting to kill.
“You can ban chokeholds, but beyond that you have to teach [the police] how to de-escalate circumstances,” said Biden. “So instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg.”
This was just one line in a very long, rambling answer to a question about police violence—but it stuck out for its sheer absurdity. The suggestion betrays a total lack of understanding about how guns work.
Note that it was not some slip of the tongue: Biden has previously proposed this exact idea.
Watch the video:
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 16, 2020
People reacted as you might expect:
Biden just suggested police shoot people in the leg, proving he has zero idea how police training or responding to a violent threat works.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 16, 2020
This is one of those moments that you just have to watch to believe it's real. Joe Biden really thinks police should just shoot at attackers' legs to stop them so that they don't die. He couldn't be any more out of touch with reality. https://t.co/GeAi9fjPyw
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) October 16, 2020
talking about police reform, biden stresses the need for better training in de-escalation, says:
“So, instead of anybody coming at you, and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg!”
i promise you this is a real quote.
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) October 16, 2020
It’s incredible that some people will actually vote for this buffoon.