President Obama’s vow Wednesday to include gun control in his State of the Union address marks the first time in more than a decade a president will highlight the issue in his agenda-setting speech.
Gun control found its way into nearly every one of former President Clinton’s State of the Union addresses in the ’90s, when major gun legislation was enacted. But the issue lost traction during President George W. Bush’s administration.
Obama supports further regulation, like a reinstatement of the assault-weapons ban. But the issue has never made it into the major January address.