During President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union speech Tuesday, there will be an empty chair beside the First Lady in her balcony box section. The symbolic empty chair will be used by Obama to draw attention to victims of gun violence. Obama has stated that his greatest disappointment in his presidency was the fact that he has been unable to institute what he has called “common sense gun reforms.” The White House issued a statement about the empty chair.
We leave one seat empty in the First Lady’s State of the Union Guest Box for the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice – because they need the rest of us to speak for them. To tell their stories. To honor their memory. To support the Americans whose lives have been forever changed by the terrible ripple effect of gun violence – survivors who’ve had to learn to live with a disability, or without the love of their life. To remind every single one of our representatives that it’s their responsibility to do something about this.
Pro-Second Amendment Americans will likely see the empty chair as another freedom that is soon to be lost during Obama’s last year in office, the constitutionally protected right to to keep and bear arms. While the president has stated that he has no intention of taking away rifles and shotguns, his words may not have much weight considering Obama said that he supported marriage between a man and a woman, yet his presidency refused to defend DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, and actively pushed to allow for same-sex marriage.
When Senator Ted Cruz heard about Obama’s empty chair stunt, he made a promise of his own. Cruz drew another analogy to the empty chair and he made a promise to the American people.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 8, 2016
Pro-life supporters will most likely be pleased with Cruz’ stance as he called out Obama for supporting Planned Parenthood, an abortion providing organization currently receiving half a billion dollars in federal funding.
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