On "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., explained that Americans should buy a shotgun instead of a semi-automatic assault rifle to protect themselves against terrorists.
Show host Chris Wallace asked Feinstein if Americans should have the right to defend their homes with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle, referring to the incident last week in Watertown, Mass., where law enforcement officials pursued two suspected terrorists on the run.
Feinstein indicated that she didn’t find the scenario applicable as there were “police all over the place” during the hunt for the fugitive terrorist in Watertown.
“I think there are people that want to make this argument, but 12-gauge shotgun, there are many weapons, 2,000-plus weapons that are available to people for choice without an assault weapon,” Feinstein explained.
Feinstein cited Vice President Biden’s promotion of the use of a shotgun for self-defense.
“[Y]ou could use a 12-gauge shotgun and have a good defensive effect and there’s the element of surprise,” she added.