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Published On: Wed, Jan 30th, 2013

New Joe Biden gaffe as VP lies about hearing Nickel Mines gunfire

Vice President Joe Biden said he was “literally” within earshot of the tragic 2006 Amish school shooting in Nickel Mines, estimating he was about a quarter of a mile away from the school at a golf outing on that warm October morning.

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Biden, made the remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors last week during a speech about gun violence to illustrate his point that such tragedies can happen anywhere.

Lancaster Newspapers reported Wednesday that the nearest golf courses are six and 10 miles away.

The Washington Times spoke to an employee at the closest course, who said there is no record of Biden being there that day.

“It was pure coincidence. I happened to be literally, probably it turned out to be a quarter of a mile, back in 2006, at an outing when I heard gun shots in the woods that we didn’t know where — we thought there were hunters,” Biden said, according to a transcript of the speech.

“As I got back to the clubhouse in 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 could happen anywhere.”

It was over six years ago when the Lancaster County community was home to a horrible tragedy. A local man with a young family of his own, walked into the Nickel Mines one-room schoolhouse, let the little boys and adults free, and opened fire on 10 little girls, killing five and wounding the others.

While it may be nearly impossible to prove the veracity of Biden’s recollection, his spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff told Lancaster Newspapers, without offering specifics, that Biden, then a U.S. Senator in neighboring Delaware, was in the area that day golfing.

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