US Vice President: 'Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun'

US Vice President Joe Biden told Americans they don't need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes, because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders. In an online video released by the White House he said: "Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun."

The video was produced as part of a Facebook public forum on the US Government's strategy for reducing gun violence.

Joe Biden's answer came in response to a question posted by a Facebook user about whether the US Government's proposal to ban military-style assault weapons would make law-abiding citizens more of a target of criminals.