(WASHINGTON) — In an effort to attach faces to their push for stricter gun control laws, President Obama and congressional Democrats have invited victims of gun violence to the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday night in Washington.
Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican, is bringing a guest, too: rock star-turned outspoken Second Amendment supporter Ted Nugent.
“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama,” Stockman said in a statement released Monday. “After the Address I’m sure Ted will have plenty to say.”
That’s assuming Nugent can hold his tongue during the speech. Either way, it won’t be the first time President Obama’s played to an ornery crowd.
Nugent and President Obama have some history, too. In April, 2012, the Secret Service called Nugent in for a talking-to after he delivered some unnerving comments at an National Rife Association convention in St. Louis, Mo.
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again,” the avid hunter and outdoorsman declared, “I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
After meeting with Nugent a few days later, the Secret Service declared the situation “resolved.” And that may be so, but Nugent’s self-imposed deadline has not yet passed.
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