Jan 25, 2013 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from Lancaster Online: When trying to verify Joe Biden’s recent story that he was golfing within earshot of the Oct. 2, 2006, shooting at Nickel Mines, one thing is clear.
There are a lot of places to enjoy a round of golf in the region.
But whether the 70-year-old vice president was playing at any of the courses on the day of the one-room schoolhouse massacre still remains a mystery.
If he was in the area, he wasn’t at Moccasin Run Golf Club in Atglen.
Curt King, the owner of the club, said there is no record of Biden — then a U.S. senator — visiting the golf course that day.
“When someone of that stature comes to your business, you don’t forget something like that,” he said.
Moccasin Run, the closest club to the Nickel Mines community, is about six miles away.
King said he has combed through his club’s database, which records the name of every player who uses the course, to double-check the claim.
“We have no record of him being here that day, or that he has ever golfed here,” he said.
As for the scene at the course the day in question, King said it was just like every other day.
“There was no outing or special event,” he said. “Like most days, it was open to the public.”
Speaking last week to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., about gun violence, Biden made the surprising revelation that he was playing golf within a quarter-of-a-mile of the schoolhouse when a troubled truck driver shot 10 Amish girls, killing five and wounding five.