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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:09 PM
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Christian Science Monitor: "Key omission from Obama's SOTU address: gun control"
As lengthy as President Obamas State of the Union address was (62 minutes), there was plenty more he could have discussed. In fact, interest groups watched with a keen eye toward a mention of their respective causes from immigration (check) to gay rights (a quick mention of dont ask, dont tell, but not gay marriage) to the protests in Egypt (implied, perhaps).

But the one issue he skipped that may have raised the most eyebrows was gun control. After the Tucson, Ariz., shootings on Jan. 8, which killed six and injured 13 including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) of Arizona Tuesday nights State of the Union address was an obvious moment for Mr. Obama to lay out what he thinks or maybe even proposes.

There, after all, in the middle of the House chamber was an empty seat for Congresswoman Giffords, who is recovering in Houston. Obama kicked off his speech with a reprise of his remarks at the Tucson memorial service the call for unity and civility, the poignant reminder of the little girl who died, her parents and brother seated in the balcony with Michelle Obama...

Obama will address the gun issue soon, top adviser David Plouffe said on NBC late Tuesday.

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