While Barack Obama talks jobs, audience will be thinking guns

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las...

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, January 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Bryn Weese, Senior Washington Correspondent

, Last Updated: 5:13 PM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama may be talking about the economy Tuesday night in his State of the Union address, but the audience inside the Capitol Building will be girding for a gunfight.

The White House insists while Obama's inaugural address may have focused more on social issues he intends to pursue, like gay rights, immigration reform and climate change, Tuesday's address will be all about jobs, the economy and federal spending.

"The President has always viewed the two speeches -- the inaugural address and the state of the union -- as two acts in the same play," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday. "The fact is while there was a focus on some of the other elements in the inaugural address, the core emphasis that he has always placed in these big speeches remains the same ... which is the need to make the economy work for the middle class."

But in the audience will be dozens of victims of gun violence, and at least one gun rights advocate.


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