President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday was carefully staged to promote his gun-grabbing second-term agenda. Arrangements were made so TV cameras would pan to the faces of victims of gun violence in the House galleries. Emotional drama, as opposed to reasoned argument, is the primary weapon in the administration’s campaign to undermine a fundamental constitutional right.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the outfit funded by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, worked with Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, Rep. James R. Langevin of Rhode Island, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York and others to pack the chamber with victims.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi invited activists, including a fourth-grader from Newtown, Conn., who started a petition, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and anti-gun crooner Tony Bennett. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, were invited as part of their new organization’s push to nullify the Second Amendment.