Did VP Biden Lie About Hearing 2006 Gun Shots?

Last week as Vice President Joe Biden talked publicly about his efforts to assist President Obama with his various gun-banning schemes, he made a startling new claim. He said that while golfing in Pennsylvania in 2006 he personally heard the gunfire from a mass shooting being committed at a nearby school. But did he really? Facts seem to run contrary to Biden’s late claim.

The shooting Biden was referring to occurred at an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on October 2, 2006. During the crime, a gunman entered the schoolhouse, killed five children and wounded five others.

Employing his favorite, most overused word–literally–Biden regaled an audience last week about his personal connection to the shooting calling it “pure coincidence.”

On January 17, the Washington Times reported that Biden made this revelation at a meeting of the U.S. Council of Mayors.

“I happened to be literally–probably, it turned out, to be a quarter of a mile [away] at an outing when I heard gunshots in the woods,” Biden claimed. “We didn’t know… we thought they were hunters.”

Biden continued with the tall tale saying, “As I got back to the clubhouse of this outing and saw helicopters, it was a shooting that had just taken place in a small Amish… school just outside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. So it’s not just big cities or well-to-do suburbs. It can happen anywhere.”

But is any of this true? Facts seem to cast doubt on the Vice President’s claims.

Firstly, Biden has never mentioned this incident before. This complete lack of his ever mentioning this close connection to the Amish schoolhouse shooting seems out of character. If he was that close to the shooting and with as much as Joe likes to make everything about Joe, it’s hard to believe he would never have mentioned this story before now.

That aside, there’s the physical realities involved in Biden’s claims.

In a follow up report, the Washington Times found that there aren’t any golf courses close enough to the Amish school for golfers to have heard gunshots from so far away.

But a search of maps of the area in Lancaster County, Pa., shows the nearest golf course to the site of the shooting, Moccasin Run Golf Club, is about five miles away. Rodney King, the golf pro at Moccasin Run, said Friday he was working at the course on the day of the shooting and never saw Mr. Biden, who was then a U.S. senator.

At ten miles distant, the only other golf course is even farther away. Both courses are certainly too far away for golfers to have heard gunshots that were fired inside a school building.

Interestingly, a look through last week’s news coverage finds little notice of Biden’s sudden claims conveniently made just as he’s pushing new gun control schemes. One wonders why Joe Biden so often gets away with these tall tales? In light of how VPs Quayle and Cheney were treated by the media, why won’t Old Media operatives ever call Joe Biden on his often times impossible claims?

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  • Brucehenry

    You’ve got him now! INPEACH!!!

    • BruceHenry – Happily accepting lies since January 20, 2009.

    • 914

      Learn how to spell.

      • Brucehenry

        Some of these are jokes, ladies and germs. Is this thing on?

        • Commander_Chico

          C’mon. Aren’t you outraged about this, Michelle’s hairdo, what Danny Glover said, and what some random state legislator in Nevada did? These are matters endangering the Republic.

          • Brucehenry

            The American Dream finally died when Beyonce lip-synched the national anthem.

          • The triumph of image over substance.

          • “All outrage circuits are busy at this time. Please wait, and try your outrage again later.”

        • jim_m

          While Biden’s tendency to lie is something to ridicule, you instead are mocking those who question his integrity. In other words you are defending his lies. That’s not particularly funny.

          • Brucehenry

            Everybody’s a critic. Sheeesh. Tough room.

          • To paraphrase: It’s a poor comedian who blames his audience.

  • herddog505

    Lie. Hallucination. With Uncle Choo-choo, it could be either. Or both, I suppose.

    But hey! At least a fool like Sarah Palin isn’t a heartbeat from the presidency.

  • GarandFan

    “One wonders why Joe Biden so often gets away with these tall tales?”
    You mean like Slick Willie and the ‘church burning’? Or Hillary! dodging ‘sniper fire’? It’s not challenged by the liberal MSM, simply because they know it’s BS.

    Next week Joey will tell us how he and his Secret Service detail dropped everything and ran towards the gunshots, but ALAS!, they arrived too late. Yet Joey, with great bravery and at great personal risk waived his bodyguards aside, tore off his expensive golfing shirt and used it to tend to the wounded until medical help arrived.

    • emrengineer

      I heard Joe say he was on Flight 93, and said that they needed to roll and storm the cockpit. And if it wasn’t for the passage of Obamacare, he would have died in the wreckage for lack of health care.

    • jim_m

      “I have that hat to this day.”

      The left really isn’t interested in the truth. They are only interested with what advances their agenda. Anything that advances their agenda must be true. This is the genesis of “fake but accurate.”

  • LiberalNightmare

    Were his lips moving?

  • retired.military

    Geez folks. Does it really matter? Does it matter that Hillary is named after Sir Edmund Hillary, Al Gore invented the internet and Love story was based on His and Tipper’s marriage, along with the fact that the North Pole would be ice free this year.
    Harry Reid never got a land deal. Hillary never got a stock deal while dodging rockets in Afghanistan and Bill Clinton never got a BJ.
    Of course Biden Lied. It is the democratic politician way (and far too many republicans as well). .

  • 914

    “Did VP Biden Lie About Hearing 2006 Gun Shots?”

    Actually his senility only imagined that many. It was really only 8 and he was watching Gunsmoke at the time.

  • Jack Zimms

    Democrats, liberals and the MSM lie all the time. They don’t
    care. They just hope if they repeat it enough that people will believe it is
    the truth. How many times have the press stated that the reason for the downgrade
    in U.S. credit rating had to do with the debt ceiling fight and not the runaway
    deficit and debt? That is just one example.

  • puhiawa

    Biden/Obama. Pinky and The Brain.