Not the Onion: Biden Seems to Suggest Lancaster Police Should Have Shot Ricardo Munoz ‘in the Leg’
By Trey Garrison
Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to suggest Lancaster police should have shot Ricardo Munoz in the leg when the crazed, knife-wielding attacker charged police on Sept. 13 after a domestic disturbance call at the 300 block of Laurel Street.
As we reported, Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams said she determined that the officer was clearly justified in firing four shots at Munoz, as Munoz chased him with a large knife – clearly presenting a threat to the officer’s life, according to a press statement by her office. The firing officer acted to preserve his own safety and the safety of others.
At an ABC News town hall held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Democrat presidential nominee said non-lethal means of dealing with such cases need to be developed.
“So many cops get called into circumstances where somebody is mentally off, like what happened not long ago with that guy with the knife,” Biden said. “That’s why we have to provide, and within police departments, psychologists and social workers to go out with the cops on those calls, those 911 calls.”
Then bizarrely Biden said this:
“De-escalate. So instead of anyone coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, is shoot them in the leg,” Biden said.
For people unfamiliar with firearms – which is most journalists and anti-gun zealots – you should know this is incredibly stupid and dangerous.
This is the kind of thing that people who only know about guns from TV and movies think is an option.
For starters aiming at and successfully hitting the limb of a person charging is incredibly unlikely.
Secondly, there is this thing called a femoral artery in the leg, and hitting that pretty much ensures death within a minute.
This is not the first time Biden has shown his contempt for basic gun safety and engagement protocols.
Back in February 2013, Biden suggested that people who felt like their home was endangered could “fire a shotgun in the air” from their porch, which is not only dangerous for random passer-bys, but also illegal.