The question for today: If you had to remain barricaded in your home, would you be safer with or without your own personal assault weapon?

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BOSTON—Thousands of law enforcement officers are entering the 20th hour of a massive, door-to-door manhunt for a 19-year-old suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings that wounded more than 170 people and left three dead.

A late-night police chase and shootout left one marathon bombing suspect—26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev—dead and the other, his younger brother, on the run, police here said. One police officer was killed and another seriously wounded during the violent spree. The city of Boston and its surrounding areas have ground to a standstill as the manhunt continues in a 20-block radius of Watertown, with local leaders warning residents to stay indoors. Police also announced there will be a “controlled explosion” in a building in Cambridge on Friday afternoon.

NBC News reported that police have uncovered seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Watertown and in the brothers’ home in Cambridge.

“It is important that folks remain indoors, keep the doors locked and not open the door unless there is a uniformed law enforcement officer on the other side of it,” Gov Deval Patrick said at a 12:30 p.m. press conference.

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Watch what actually happens when women attempt to follow Joe Biden’s ill considered “get a shotgun” advice.

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The best reason to buy an assault rifle with high capacity magazine: VP Joe Biden is armed with a double-barrel shotgun.

Biden, the owner of two shotguns, has often used his firearm ownership in debates of the practicality of assault weapons. In a particularly offbeat moment today, he explained an imaginary scenario where trouble would come to his Delaware home:

“I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.”

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Editor’s note: Biden appears to advocate shooting wildly at unseen or undifferentiated targets, which for a number of reasons, is both dangerous and irresponsible. Just like his politics.