Langevin To Be A Presence At State Of The Union Address
Congressman Jim Langevin will be using the President’s upcoming State of Union address to make a statement of his own. According to an article in today’s New York Times — “A Personal Quest To Make Guns’ Toll More Visible” — Langevin, in a wheelchair since age 16 when his spinal cord was severed by a bullet, hopes to influence the national gun conversation.
For the past month, he has been on a quiet campaign to persuade his colleagues to give up their guest passes to next Tuesday’sby President Obama so that victims of gun violence can attend.
That way, he said, when the nation’s highest officeholders look up from the floor of the House to those watching from the gallery, they will not be able to avoid seeing the human toll that guns can exact.
“It’s a powerful reminder to every member of Congress how pervasive this issue is,” he said the other day as he pulled his electric wheelchair up to a coffee table in his district office. So far he has nearly 20 takers, and many more who are considering the idea.
(Detail of Boris Bally monument at Memorial Park on North Main Street)