The woman who asked Joe Biden about guns at a Parents Magazine town hall says that she felt the Vice President's response - that she should just buy a shotgun - was sexist.
Kate Ernest had asked Biden earlier this week: “Do you believe that banning certain weapons and high capacity magazines will mean that law-abiding citizens will then become more of a target to criminals as we will have no way to sufficiently protect ourselves?” In response, Biden laughed and said that he's told his wife, Jill Biden, "Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony, put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house."
He added that you don't need an AR-15 to ward off intruders: "Buy a shotgun."
Ernest said on Fox News that she felt Biden was dismissive. “I think it was poor advice and it comes off a little sexist,” she said. “Like, ‘let me tell you what you need’ versus, you know, ‘arm yourself or protect yourself in a way that you feel necessary."
As Evan McMorris-Santoro from TPM points out, Biden has often repeated the "get a shotgun" line, though this time it's gotten him into a bit more trouble than usual: U.S. News reported after the town hall that Jill Biden could go to jail for following Biden's advice, because it could be a violation of Delaware law to fire a shotgun off into the air.