"... put [up] that double barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.’ You don’t need an AR-15—it’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use, and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!”
Well, this particular Oregon man (an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran) didn’t use a shotgun. He actually had an AR-15. Someone was trying to break in the back door of his apartment on Sunday night, and he told the criminal that he was armed and that he would fire one and only one warning shot. “This is the end result,” he explained to a local news station. “You break into someone’s house, there’s consequences,” As Walter Sobchak from The Big Lebowski
would have said, “You are entering a world of pain.”
As for the military vet who took Joe Biden’s advice, he was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Reckless Endangering. They also confiscated his rifle, because it was “used in the commission of a crime.”
Police said that there was no justification for what Thompson did in firing a warning shot. Since Thompson told the police that he was trying to protect his property, there was no legal reason for him to use lethal force. The only time a citizen may use deadly force is when he believes his life is in danger. I guess this is just what happens when you take the Vice President’s advice.