(WASHINGTON TIMES) Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that people are much better off buying a shotgun than a so-called assault weapon if they’re trying to protect themselves in their homes — using a line repeated emphatically by Vice President Joseph R. Biden earlier this year.

Mr. Clinton was speaking in response to a question about bridging ideological differences during the first in a series of lectures at Georgetown University in concert with his global foundation.

“First of all, you got to realize, for the legitimate differences — let’s say, over gun control — basically, it’s an urban-rural deal,” Mr. Clinton said. “There are some people you can’t reach, but if you live in a city and you think you need protection in your home, you’re way better off with a shotgun than an assault weapon. Trust me. It’s not even close. So this is mostly a rural-urban deal.”

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