President Barack Obama touched on a variety of issues-- energy, jobs, technology, climate change and the middle class-- in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Yahoo News asked voters to respond to his speech. Here's one perspective.
COMMENTARY | President Obama seemed cool and collected, as he delivered most of his State of the Union speech tonight. Then he hit it out of the park on the subject of gun control. I confess I came to tears as harangued Congress to let the subject of gun control come to a vote, over and over, in old-time revival cadence. He said the young girl killed in Chicago deserved a vote, Gabby Gifford deserved a vote, and the families in Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, and elsewhere deserved a vote. It was definitely the highlight of his speech on an emotional topic.
I've been lucky not to have been caught in any crossfire of the serial shootings we've all been subjected to on the news lately -- from Aurora to Sandy Hook, from Chris Kyle at the shooting range to Chris Dorner right in my backyard in nearby San Bernardino. (I live in Los Angeles.) But as the president readied his speech, my local news was filled with a gunfight between Dorner and police, of horrific proportions on my TV screen. Then newscasts on every television channel suddenly cut to the president's speech in the middle of it all!
It was horrifying and ironic. I was glad that Obama addressed gun control in such an attention-getting way, but was disappointed he didn't mention a ban on assault weapons. I'm proud that my representative in Congress is Sen. Diane Feinstein, a staunch advocate against assault weapons. In the end, I wished the president had said more.