Biden and the Oscar Pistorius school of self-defense

Oscar Pistorius — the Blade Runner — was indicted for murder in South Africa, after he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, by firing four shots from his bedroom through the bathroom door.  Pistorius claimed he was acting in self-defense.  The prosecution contends that he and his girlfriend had a violent argument, that he beat her head with a cricket bat, and that he then intentionally shot her to death (although firing shots through the door seems like an inefficient way to do it).  Presumably a trial will help reveal a truth, if not the truth.

In any event, Joe Biden has clearly been following Pistorius’ killing career closely, because Biden has now stamped his imprimatur on the Pistorius school of self-defense (emphasis mine):

F&S: What about the other uses, for self-defense and target practice?

V.P. BIDEN: Well, the way in which we measure it is—I think most scholars would say—is that as long as you have a weapon sufficient to be able to provide your self-defense. I did one of these town-hall meetings on the Internet and one guy said, “Well, what happens when the end days come? What happens when there’s the earthquake? I live in California, and I have to protect myself.”

I said, “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.Most people can handle a shotgun a hell of a lot better than they can a semiautomatic weapon in terms of both their aim and in terms of their ability to deter people coming. We can argue whether that’s true or not, but it is no argument that, for example, a shotgun could do the same job of protecting you. Now, granted, you can come back and say, “Well, a machine gun could do a better job of protecting me.” No one’s arguing we should make machine guns legal.

Wow, Joe! How can you be wrong on so many levels? First, the shotgun has a much harder kickback than the AR-15, so people, especially lightweight people (such as women), can’t handle it better than the alternative. Second of all, firing a gun into the air as he advises is illegal. And third, shooting through the door means you’re shooting blind.

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  • Mike Devx

    I’ve been letting Joe Biden’s comments to the lady sink in.  It’s one thing that he could be so wrong – but we’re used to THAT.
     
    What has finally struck me is, have you noticed how condescending he is to her?  It’s like he’s Grand Pa, hoisting little eight year old Emily up into his lap, to patiently and slowly explain to her why the sky is blue.
     
    Condescending.
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Evil isn’t wrong. That’s not the issue. They aren’t making a mistake. This is all part of the plan.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

     
    Leaving Biden (please), what about Pistorius?
     
    Given the crime situation in S. Africa, the original story (Valentine’s Day surprise gone wrong) made sense to me……
     
    Now, it sounds REALLY suspicious.  Sleeping together in same bed, he wakes up and goes out on the balcony.  Sees the bathroom window ajar and hears something inside, is immediately suspicious of a break-in and goes back in the bedroom and shoots through the closed door.
     
    Somehow, that sounds less plausible than the argument, fight, cricket-bat beating, retreat to bathroom, and murder in a rage by shooting through the door.
     
    Once the autopsy is in, we’ll have more to go on….if she was beaten with a cricket bat, it’s going to be VERY hard for him to sell his story, don’t you think?
     
    Very sad.

  • JKB

    Actually, shooting through a door is going to make it hard to prove imminent threat as there is a door between you and the “threat”.  Now if they shoot through the door, then you got an argument but you’d better be able to convince a jury you knew the person on the other side was the threat.  And say, not someone held in front of the assailant.  
     
    I remember a case a few years back.  Guy heard someone breaking in his house.  He shot through the door.  Turns out it was cops, violating the warrant as it wasn’t no-knock, but still a detective was killed.  They guy is doing a long prison term.  in Virginia, i believe.  

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I had a feeling from day one that it was murder, although I suspect it was unpremeditated.  I mean, I know South Africa is one of the most dangerous places in the world, but whether he said he woke up scared (Story 1) or that he heard a noise in the bathroom (Story 2), neither made sense.  Only someone with a screw loose or murder on his mind would shoot that blindly.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    One of the benefits of the training instruction I got was that it was very hard to use lethal force unless you were committed. All the fooling around business with people thinking of punching out the other guy and chest thumping him, goes away. It has to go away. Because you can’t just pull a trigger and someone’s brain blows up, you have to actually activate your muscles and maintain the neural command to keep smashing that head into the ground and rupturing it with like say a leg muscle stomp, that it is hard to do it ‘unintentionally”, although not impossible.
     
    Thus everyone began to realize that unless they were truly certain and truly under a threat, merely putting their hands on someone else can get them killed, or a vice a versa. Which motivated many of us to find ways to avoid the threat, rather than confront it. We can give verbal warnings in air, we can wait for the enemy to come close, and we don’t need to pull the trigger, because as one becomes more competent, it becomes less a case of worrying about getting killed and more a case of worrying about accidentally killing someone that didn’t need killing.
     
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Maybe if the Left only wanted gun control for crazy Democrats, I could see the logic of that. But that’s not what they are interested in.