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Shameless Democrats to pack State of the Union with gun victims

By USA Today

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden as he makes a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room about policies he will pursue following the Newtown, Ct., school shootings, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)[/caption]

More than 20 survivors of gun violence and their family members will be in the House chamber on Tuesday as President Obama gives the first State of the Union Address of his second term.

The effort, organized in part by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and congressional advocates of stricter gun laws, may be the first coordinated attempt to pack the gallery with a group of people pushing for one issue, according to House historians.

Members who say they are providing tickets to gun violence victims include Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democratic Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island; Carolyn McCarthy of New York; Ed Perlmutter, who represents Aurora, Colo., where a gunman killed 12 people in a movie theater in July; and Elizabeth Esty, who represents Newtown, Conn., where 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed in a mass shooting at a school last December.

Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal's guest will be a "Newtown resident who was directly affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy," according to spokesman Nu Wexler.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., lead sponsor of a bill to ban assault weapons, has invited a guest who "was shot as a youngster in a Los Angeles-area shooting," said her spokesman, Brian Weiss.

Former representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, Mark Kelly, will attend. A statement on Giffords' Facebook page says they will be guests of Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Giffords was shot in the head two years ago during a mass shooting at a Tucson grocery store.

Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said the constant presence of these individuals with direct experience with gun violence will help keep the pressure on lawmakers to act. "It's not going to happen unless the heat is on and members are feeling it every single day, and having these people looking down at them from the gallery is a pretty compelling way of doing that," he said.

Glaze noted that in addition to those who will be attending the State of the Union Address, more than 100 other survivors and family members of those who have been victims of gun violence will be in Washington on Tuesday to lobby Congress for stricter regulations on firearms.

Tickets to the State of the Union Address are scarce. Each member of Congress receives only one ticket to give to a family member or other guest, and few exceptions are made.

Asked whether coordinated invitations had precedent, the Office of the House Historian said it was "unable to find evidence of a coordinated effort by representatives and senators to make a political statement by giving their one pass to an advocacy organization or victim group."

Even so, the office noted, "the lack of evidence for such an effort does not mean it never happened; it may just have eluded major sources."

The historian's office noted one potentially analogous event occurred in December 1916, when a group of suffragettes infiltrated the gallery to protest Woodrow Wilson's address to Congress.

However, it was not known whether the women were invited or simply pushed their way into the chamber before the address began.


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  1. cfulbrightComment by cfulbright
    February 11, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    So hopefully Republican Members of Congress will respond by giving their tickets to gun owners who have survived crimes by using their guns, like the many examples that GOPUSA mentions every day.

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    • powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
      February 11, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

      Yes…that’s the ticket

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    • capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
      February 12, 2013 @ 6:47 am

      history is repeating itself,look back at adolf hitlers rise to supreme leader or furher,he lied,fabricated,created one crisis after another,blamed everyone else,used whatever propaganda he could to get his way.
      and obama is doing the same thing.he has the media propaganda machine in his hip pocket,he has braiwashed a certain demograph of the population he is a jew hater,and a dictator.

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  2. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    February 11, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Why not make it a total freak show. Pack in homosexual heros, abortionists, code pink members, NAMBLA, La Raza etc. Get Al, Jesse, Brother Louie to parade around. Call Castro and his Lap Dog Chavez, Putin, see if the Mahdi is available. Get the whole show going at one time.

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    • mbmbcsComment by mbmbcs
      February 11, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

      Obama is one sorry . He has taken a horrible mass killing and extorted the victims for his own private agenda. Obama is the Epitome of Evil, disgust and deceit. We do not have to wait for the devil to appear he is already here and has his sorry a** in the white house

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  3. Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
    February 11, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    Will they also include victim’s families from the Benghazi fiasco?
    How about the border guard’s families where the weapons were supplied by Eric Holder?

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    • thinkerComment by thinker
      February 11, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

      they will drag in the parents of “Victims of ‘Free’ Gun Zones”

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    • bf39Comment by bf39
      February 11, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

      I totally agree with you Ollie_Fan. I want to know about Benghazi and Fast and Furious. obama and holder should be fired. All they can do is lie about what happened and when they knew about it. The news media keeps sweeping it under the rug to keep the people from asking questions.
      Also, most or maybe all the shooters have a mental problem. That needs to be addressed.
      Also he is using the gun issue to keep everyone off the subject of the NATIONAL DEBT. pelosi’s replies in the interview Sunday made me sick.

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  4. usafoldsargeComment by usafoldsarge
    February 11, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    > “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people.
    > As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children,
    > the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any
    > deprivation. ” -Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, Publ. Houghton Miflin, 1943, Page 403

    Or as I have modified Ben Franklin’s quotation: He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, will soon have neither liberty nor security.

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    • 1interestedComment by 1interested
      February 11, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

      Wow, that’s an incredible quote. I’ve never read Mein Kampf but it’s on my list now. Evidently that thing we have in the WH is well versed in this work as well as the Communist Manifesto which, I would guess, was mandatory reading for him and other members of the New Party in Chicago.

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  5. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    February 11, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    Its just one choreographed event after another. Life is just one big reality show. When is someone going to inquire about Obama doing the job he was elected to do?

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    • Johnny MayhemComment by Johnny Mayhem
      February 11, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

      People have been asking that question on this forum ever since he came on the scene. But you never see it anywhere else.

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    • bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
      February 12, 2013 @ 12:30 am

      The job Obama was elected to do involved that 3AM phone call and defending the Constitution. During his first four years, he demonstrated that he didn’t deserve a first term. His “professorship” in Constitutional Law demonstrates that he had a deep disdain for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He wants the entire nation stripped of its guns, just like Hitler did in the 1930s. He knows most registered gun owners are law biding and many will comply if ordered to surrender. If he is successful, he will brag abut getting ALL the guns off the streets, when in reality, he didn’t even remove half as criminals will never give up their leverage to intimidate other and take what they want. This professor is just a crackpot lawyer. In a manner of the 1960s, color him shyster!

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  6. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    February 11, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    Meanwhile on the left coast in California, state legislators are vowing to pass the toughest anti-gun laws in the nation. Also in California by coincidence… they’re looking for an ex-cop who has a vendetta against those whom he believes, wrongfully caused him to lose his job. Reportedly he’s shot five people already, and at six tall and two hundred and seventy pounds, he’s a large man. A hundred pounds larger than I am. How does the average person even have a hope to defend themselves from someone like that without a gun? Just askin’.

    I for one have no plans to register any guns, that I may or, may not possess.

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  7. popstComment by popst
    February 11, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    If he can bring in shooting survivors and victims, how about leaving an empty section for the survivors of abortions. What a minute> My mistake. If a baby survives an abortion, Obama says it’s ok to let it die.
    You NEVER hear any liberal cry out for the 3700 aborted babies that die Every Day. Women have the RIGHT to abort a baby but gun owners would be denyed that RIGHT if the left have their way, even thou it’s a right given in the constitution. I’m still looking for for the section on abortion rights in the constitutions

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  8. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    February 11, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Gun restricts works so well in his home town of Chicago he hopes to make us all victims of gun violence

    I can see him now,

    — Begin Obama impersonation—

    (first look to the left, then to the right, then back again to the left)

    I ask you, is it fair, the American way, that these people suffer alone?
    That human dignity, compassion, and concern, not compel you to suffer with them?

    (look to the left, then to the right, then back again to the left)

    This is the question we must face, whether the armed citizen should face a gang banger with or without a means to defend himself

    (look to the left, then to the right, then back again to the left)

    This human carnage must end and since we cannot take the gang bangers guns we are asking you to lay down your arms so they do not feel threatened

    (look to the left, then to the right, then back again to the left)

    —-End Obama impersonation—-


    These people are completely crazy

    Let’s sell weapons to a crime syndicate to stop crime

    Tell a story about a video that had no bases in reality because no one will ever suspect they are lying

    Spend billions on the public sector, to stimulate the economy, despite the fact the public sector lives on tax dollars and has never generated anything but the need for more tax dollars.

    Then promise if the stimulus package is spent unemployment will NEVER go above 8%


    If aliens (the ones from outer space) are watching they must be rolling on the floor of their space ship

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  9. tomtComment by tomt
    February 11, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Do Not Trust Him! Barry Registers guns than shortly after with that list takes your guns. The Second Amendment is the only barrier we have between living with what is left of our individual freedoms and living under an oppressive totalitarian Communist state where you have no Individual Freedom, no private property, no private capital no self respect. Stand your ground you have the right to oppose the Oath Breaker that is now an annulled
    President. Fall in behind the patriotic Americans! Unite to preserve our Constitution.

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