(KPLR) – In Tuesday's Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at Obama's message on gun control during tonight's State Of The Union address and if it will be underscored by a certain face in the crowd.
Tonight is the President's State of the Union address. It's also Mardi Gras night. In the spirit of mashing up both, tonight's speech and it's reaction will involve a lot of political theatre. And they'll be tossing invective, not beads.
Gun control and gun violence will be a central topic. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot in the head in an Arizona mass shooting, will be there. First Lady Michelle Obama will be seated with the parents of Hadiya Pendelton, the 15 year old Chicago majorette who marched in the president's inaugural parade and was gunned down a few days later on the streets of Chicago.
All told, democrats have invited over thirty shooting victims or their surviving families to sit with them at the speech, including several from Sandy Hook Elementary School. To counter the images of those people, Republican Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas will be sitting in the house chamber next to Ted Nugent.
The Motor City Madman is what's politely called a second amendment advocate. The Nuge famously said if Obama were re-elected, Nugent would either be dead or in jail. So far, he's neither. Nugent called the Obama White House quote, “a vile evil America-hating administration”. Brave words from a gun lover who acted crazy and defecated on himself in the 1960's to avoid being drafted and sent to Vietnam.
So on one hand, you'll have images of people who have been shot or whose loved ones have been murdered. On the other, you'll have images of a leering right-wing rock star smirking about how great guns are. I wonder how that'll work out?
I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.