Ted Nugent to attend State of the Union
About 20 survivors of gun violence will be in the gallery when President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech. The historian of the House tells USA today that the packing of the gallery with guests advocating one specific issue is "unprecendented."
It's a blatant appeal to emotionalism and an attempt to portray gun rights advocates as heartless beasts. So be it. To counter the tragic stories represented by the victims, Rep. Steve Stockman has invited Second Amendment fire breather and champion Ted Nugent.
While other members of Congress are hosting gun-control advocates for Tuesday's State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Stockman has given one of his visitor's gallery tickets to Ted Nugent, the conservative gun-rights supporter.
"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," Mr. Stockman said in a statement announcing the choice. "After the address I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."
After the Connecticut school shooting rampage last year, Mr. Obama announced he would push for major changes to the country's gun laws, and he is expected to renew that call in his Tuesday speech.
To add pressure, gun-control supporters in Congress have decided to invite victims of gun crimes to sit in the galleries.
Mr. Stockman's decision, though, adds a prominent gun-rights advocate and outspoken conservative to the gallery. Mr. Nugent, who has been a frequent contributor to The Washington Times' commentary section, is a member of the National Rifle Association's board.
Nugent advocates his causes like he plays guitar - brilliantly over the top and without apology. His presence should be an interesting counterpoint to the exploitation of tragedy that President Obama and gun control advocates shamelessly use.