'They Deserve a Vote': Obama Honors Gun Violence Victims in SOTU Address (VIDEO)

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hadiya pendeltonNewly energized by his reelection and the recent budget battle, President Obama sounded confident and optimistic in tonight's State of the Union address. But the most powerful part of his address came at the very end, when he mentioned Hadiya Pendelton, the 15-year-old majorette who marched in the Inaugural parade -- and then was shot to death a week later in Chicago. 

Hadiya's parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote. Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote. The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote. They deserve a simple vote.

Chills. This year, Congress will face a set of proposals, including universal background checks, closing of gun law loopholes, and measures to keep "weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets." If Gabby and Hadiya and everyone else really did have a vote, what do you think they would choose?

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"This is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence," Obama said. But, "this time is different." God, I hope so. If you peel back the angry rhetoric and take a cold, sober look at what the proposals are, you'll see a lot of common-sense ideas that almost all of us, gun owners included, should be able to agree on.

But right now Americans are mostly worried about the economy. Obama's priorities for the year are to get the minimum wage raised to $9.00 an hour, so working people can pull themselves out of poverty. He's also asking Congress to stave off the sequester cuts with $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction through $1.4 trillion in spending cuts and $600 billion in new tax revenue.

Oh, that's weird, THAT LOOKS LIKE COMPROMISE TO ME. I'm sure it'll get skewed by tomorrow morning to sound like liberal tax and spend and never mind about the $1.4 trillion in spending cuts, we'll just pretend he didn't say that because the Tea Party monster must be fed. Right?

But I'm getting cranky, and this speech had a much more optimistic tone. For example: The Senate passed the new violence against women act today! That's so exciting. Maybe Congress will do right by women for once and pass it -- I hope I hope I hope.

Bipartisan groups are working on immigration reform in both houses. YES! Obama says he'll sign it, just Get. It. Done. Investment in infrastructure -- yes! This gets people jobs and stimulates the economy. Win-win.

And because (again) we all deserve a vote, Obama has asked attorneys from Romney's and his own campaign to form an Election Review Task Force. I loved the story about 102-year-old Desiline Victor, who waited in line for three hours to vote. "Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read 'I Voted.'" Desiline got another standing ovation tonight.

And that's what this is all about. It's not about Obama. It's not about Republicans vs. Democrats. It's about us, our future, and how WE the people govern ourselves.

Did you listen to the State of the Union address tonight?


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bills... billsfan1104

What about the shooting victims from Ft Hood? Oh wait, they don't fit in his neat little narrative. I thought it was chilling when he mentioned all the other people, but not in a good way.

bills... billsfan1104

I thought it was chilling because he is using those poor people.

wamom223 wamom223

I heard it and disagree with you completely.  He brought up Hadyah and then omitted that Chicago has some of the strictest gun regulations in the country and that has had no effect.  Bringing the minimum wage up will do what it always does and that is raise the price of everything else, and you are seriously stupid if you don't know that.  His proposed cuts are really creative math and while I agree it was amazing for a women of 102 to take a stand to vote that women had no clue what was going on (hello, did you not see Valerie Jarrett coaching her.)  This speech was for idiots like you that listen to what the President says but doesn't actually pay attention to how he runs the country.  He's using you as a useful idiot and its sad that that would give you chills.  We wouldn't be much better off with Romney right now but at least if he was President the media would do their job and not just kiss the President's ass.  

bills... billsfan1104

Wamom, I listened to it on the way home on the radio, and when he used those poor families for gun control, scared the hell out me, and liberals cheering like that, scared me even more. He didn't mentioned that that little girl was shot and killed because of mistaken identity. Does he really think that that murderer waited for a background check?

nonmember avatar Cam

Here we go again! I can't listen to this anymore. The President left out the fact that young girl who died in Chicago was in a city that has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. The same city that has one of the highest deaths rates due to gun violence. Seriously America, wake up! There should not be a gun debate.... It's about mental health and habitual offenders who get out of jail based on asinine technicalities and good behavior. People need to held accountable for their actions, not the weapons used to commit the crimes.

ashjo85 ashjo85

I really hate that the SOTU address has turned into a pep rally. Pack in people who serve no purpose to him other than to play on emotions of the television audience and put on a show. Did I get chills when everyone starts cheering that 102-year-old woman who waited to vote? Sure, it was touching. Except it was MANUFACTURED to be touching, and that really took a lot of the genuine out of it for me. The SOTU should be a time to update, lay out specific plans, information sharing. More of a pre- and post-shift meeting. It's more like the freaking political version of the Academy Awards.

nonmember avatar kevobx

Get people talking about their emotions, and they will never see truth. The rich and poor, but their is no such thing as the middle class, it was coined phrase invented. God vs Satan are you in the middle? Love truth, hate opinions.

nonmember avatar kevobx

Everytime you say mental health, check out your parents dna bloodlines!

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