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Gun Control Provokes President's Most Poignant Moment In State of the Union: 'The Families of Newtown Deserve a Vote' Obama Says [VIDEO]

By Jesse Lent | February 12, 2013 10:38 PM EST

President Barack Obama made gun control a central theme at Tuesday's State of the Union
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President Barack Obama made an impassioned case for gun control in Tuesday's State of the Union Address.

It was near the end of the president's State of the Union speech when he tackled the issue of gun control, but it was easily the evening's most emotional moment.

"What I've said matters little if we don't protect our most valuable resource--our children," Obama said, prompting a standing ovation.

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Many of the president's supporters hollered in approval when the subject of gun control came up. Advocates of President Obama's gun control agenda---including Vice President Biden---wore green and silver pins to show their support at the State of the Union Address.

Green and silver are the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School; the site of the shooting that killed 26 children and changed the national debate on gun control.

"The families of Newtown deserve a vote," President Obama said. "The families of Aurora deserve a vote."

However, not everyone in the audience suggested the president's call for more stringent gun control measures.

Outspoken gun owners rights advocate and rock guitarist Ted Nugent was also in the audience on Tuesday night's State of the Union as a special guest of Rep. Steve Stockman.

"He speaks for millions of Americans who own guns and do not support the president's anti-gun agenda," Stockman spokesman Donny Ferguson told the Washington Post.

The president also addressed global warming, equal pay for women, national defense and bi-partisan political action.

"The American people don't expect government to solve every problem," the president said. "But they do expect us to put the nation's interest before party."

Check out Sen. Marco Rubio's rebuttal here.

 

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