Joe Biden wants you to buy a shotgun. He makes the dubious claim that it is easier to aim and use than an AR-15, and therefore a better choice.
What is behind this? Not public safety. Shotguns are used in more murders than rifles and neither comes close to the murder rate of those who use handguns.
Notice that the graph only says “rifles” and doesn’t designate military style rifles. Only a subset of the group labeled “rifles” is made up of military rifles and it is still a very small part of the overall firearm homicide rate.
So why focus on rifles when they represent only a minuscule part of violent crime in America? I think there are a couple reasons.
Shotguns and handguns may cause more mayhem in America, but they are not the tools of a militia. Insurgencies are not conducted with shotguns and handguns. A autocratic regime can tolerate handguns and shotguns in the hands of the people but it cannot tolerate a people armed with the tools of resistance. The gun grabbers are focusing on the very weapons the ownership of which the Founders intended to protected in the 2nd Amendment: the weapons of a well regulated militia.
Another more tactical reason is that, ultimately, the gun grabbers want to take the handguns and shotguns too. The recognize that attempting to banish handguns and shotguns would be overreach for the moment and are focusing on “assault” rifles as an incremental step.
To the non-gun owning public, an AR-15 looks scary. Modern sporting rifles are not the same tools grandpa had. The gun grabbers are exploiting public fear and ignorance of modern sporting rifles in order to crack open the door of banishment. Anyone who thinks the grabbers will stop when modern sporting rifles are banished is delusional. It is just the first step.
Ultimately, Biden’s claims of shotgun love are just a ploy to make he and the administration look less radical than they actually are. It has nothing to do with public safety. They want the rifles out of the hands of the citizenry as the first step in their ultimate goal of disarming the people.