Biden: Hero should not have had his gun

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph R. Biden says the Texan who con­fronted Suther­land Springs’ mass shooter this month never should have owned an AR-15.

Gun­man Devin Kel­ley was shot and wounded on Nov. 5 by hero Stephen Wille­ford dur­ing the dead­li­est church shoot­ing in U.S. his­tory, but Mr. Biden told an NBC au­di­ence that an AR-15 should not have aided the good Sa­mar­i­tan. His comments came dur­ing a “To­day” show ap­pear­ance that was opened up for an au­di­ence Q&A ses­sion.

“How do you jus­tify the Demo­cratic [Party’s] view on gun con­trol when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally li­censed to carry a gun?” a woman asked.

“Well, first of all, the kind of gun be­ing car­ried he shouldn’t be car­ry­ing,” Mr. Biden replied, the Daily Wire re­ported. “I wrote the last se­ri­ous gun con­trol law that was writ­ten and was law for 10 years, and it out­lawed as­sault weapons and it out­lawed weapons with mag­a­zines that had a whole lot of bul­lets and so you can kill a whole lot of peo­ple a lot more quickly.”

Mr. Wille­ford, a for­mer Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion in­struc­tor, said in fol­low-up in­ter­views af­ter the shoot­ing that his AR-15’s fire­power was nec­es­sary be­cause Mr. Kel­ley wore pro­tec­tive body ar­mor.

“If I had run out of the house with a pis­tol and faced a bul­let­proof vest and Kevlar and hel­mets, it might have been fu­tile,” he told pun­dit Stephen Crow­der last week. “I ran out with an AR-15, and that’s what he was shoot­ing the place up with.”

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