Rock guitarist and gun-rights advocate Ted Nugent will attend the State of the Union address as the guest of Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman.
"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 release. "After the address, I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."
The president, who in the wake of recent mass shootings has made tighter gun control a second-term priority, is expected to talk about the issue in his Tuesday night speech.
Nugent, a National Rifle Association board member, has already had plenty to say about the president and his agenda.
Last spring several members of the Secret Service visited Nugent for a chat after he said that if Obama were to be reelected "I will either be dead or in jail." Agents let the "Motor City Madmen" be, but his presence at the State of the Union tonight will surely be noticed.
Stockman last week threatened to start impeachment proceedings on Obama should he use executive action to enact tighter guns laws.
Nugent will be sitting in the same room with children from Sandy Hook Elementary and other victims of gun violence.
Many Democrats are extending their State of the Union invitations to other victims of gun violence.
Former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, severely injured in a 2011 mass shooting, and husband Mark Kelly will be special guests of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, who also was injured in the 2011 shooting and won Giffords' seat in November.
Nugent represents the hard line right of the GOP. Some Republicans are looking to distance themselves from this position.
The question: Nugent's presence tonight may embolden some gun right advocates but the tactic of his presence may backfire because more gun control advocates may label him as a radical and point out how "Terrible Ted" is a man who markets his own brand of ammunition.
As much as Nugent rants at times, he can be very articulate, as he was on the Piers Morgan show recently. He is astute and knowledgeable on 2nd Amendment issues.
He will be unarmed in the House Chamber as the President delivers his address, but will he choose to shoot his mouth off at some point and what effect will it have?
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