April 17th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: 'This was a pretty shameful day in Washington'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama lashed out Wednesday at those in the U.S. Senate who voted against a compromise proposal to expand background checks on firearms sales, saying those who defeated the legislation "decided it wasn't worth it."

He blamed the defeat of the deal on "the gun lobby and its allies," saying those against the legislation "willfully lied" about its provisions.

"All in in all, this was a pretty shameful day in Washington," he said, as families who lost loved ones in the Newtown school shooting stood around him. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in a mass shooting, also stood by his side.

He said "we can do more" to impose stricter gun laws and warned that "if this Congress refuses to listen to the American people ... the real impact is going to have to come from the voters."

He urged people to tell their senators they were disappointed by the vote.

"Those who care deeply about preventing more and more gun violence will have to be as passionate and as organized and as vocal as those who blocked these common sense proposals to keep our kids safe," he said.

"I see this as just Round One," he added.

Mark Barden, the father of a Newtown school massacre victim, said he and others will return home "disappointed but not defeated." He appeared before Obama spoke in the White House Rose Garden.


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • President Obama • Senate
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. NOPhah Kingweigh

    And the GOP takes us one step closer to the gates of hades. Our government is broken. Beyond repair.

    April 17, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Distrust Authority

    Allah has let you down Barack.

    April 17, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. RINO Bill

    On these issues, Obama seems to be very, very out of touch. Perhaps he should stop listening to Biden and Schumer. God know Obama blew a lot of political capital on this issue and got humiliated in return.

    April 17, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. carlos

    Hello pot, meet kettle. Obama is the biggest liar we've had yet. Doesn't even go by his real name...

    April 17, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Reverend Crystal

    Maybe the lies went to both sides... and they just figured that the people for guns lied less than the people against guns??? Hopefully, people are beginning to see what a crock of crap they are begin fed... 90% of the population want this??? I don't think so... I mean come on... 90% of the population does not even vote, why would they want a say about this situation? Criminals do not care, they will have the guns no matter what laws are passed... 90% of the population of 308,745,538 would be 277,870,984 people... who polled them? NO ONE... they take 10 people that are against guns... poll them and get 9 out of 10 wanting this... 90%... according to the US Census over 27% of the population is under the age of 17... did they poll second graders? Maybe preschoolers? daycares?

    April 17, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. john

    a shameful day in washtington? the only shame is obummer him self. he should have sucked up to reed a little more

    April 17, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Harlon Katz

    Well, maybe if Obama and his team didn't play so loose with the truth (ie their 40% lie), it would be easier to believe them as well.

    April 17, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. SteveS

    They voted against it because their constituents told them too. Someday Mr. President, you will finally get how a democracy works.

    April 17, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Michael S.

    Pretty much every day is a shameful day on Capitol Hill any more. This is what comes of letting Congress get far to attached to all those lobbyist bribes. The American people just cannot give politicians enough pay, perks and prestige to compete with the draw of huge slush fund payola. We need term limits, steep fines for ethics violations and public funding of elections to put a stop to the rule of greed in Congress.

    April 17, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Freedom Storm

    Obama loves American Freedoms and Liberties like OJ loved Nicole.

    April 17, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. MJ

    Every day I am forced to listen to this marxist wannabe serial liar is a shameful day.

    April 17, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. clarence

    My Cold Dead Hands!

    April 17, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. troy

    Signs of Leadership from President Obama? It's about time! If you think the lobby groups (gun, medical, labor, abortion, etc,) have to much control of our congressmen, you are right! Term Limits now!

    April 17, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Red

    This is a perfect example of making a decision off of emotions rather than common scence and facts. President Obama needs to look at the facts a little better before he accuses anyone of lying, or better yet, not lye himself. How is making it harder for legal responsible people to get a gun going to solve the issues, irresponsible people and criminals are the ones who need to be restricted. Irresponsibility is very hard to catch off a background check, even the most stringent background checks won't catch it. For criminals already convicted of a felony, they already are not allowed to have guns, but still regardless they get a hold of them, is a background check going to prevent someone from getting a gun if that person attains the gun illegally and never has a background check ran. A better solution is to focus efforts on weapons trafficking, which was one of the gun resolutions in the senate on Tuesday, and add a strengthening of our borders and customs, to better prevent illegal possession of firearms. This way American's are better protected with our sacrificing our basic rights and liberties.

    April 17, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. John Galt

    It is politically LAZY to blame "special interest groups"...

    We don't "blindly follow the NRA"... the NRA's political wing (and it's a VERY small part, compared to the Sporting/Hunting wing) actually simply does what any lobbying group does. It reminds legislators of the issues that are important to their constituencies.

    I can't pay attention to all the stupid laws that are being considered, so... that portion of my dues pays people to pay attention AND remind lawmakers how I feel (and millions like me).

    If the NRA were simply a bunch of smart, well paid lawyers pounding on legislator's doors, the wouldn't be given the time of day. The reason that the NRA DOES have some power is that it ACTUALLY represent the philosophies and desires of MILLIONS.

    THAT is what the legislators respond to. They want to blame the evil NRA, because they don't wish to admit that their own constituents actually believe DIFFERENTLY then they do.

    April 17, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. vidal808

    shame, shame, shame to all those Senators that voted NO!

    April 17, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. john smith

    Hey dumbo the Gun Lobby are the people.

    April 17, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. SeniorD

    It was a pretty shameful day in Washington when the Democrat controlled Congress slammed Obamacare down our throats.

    April 17, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. jerome

    Headline: Obama "opponents willfully lied"

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

    April 17, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Steve Allard

    Both of my Senators from Massachusetts voted "yes" on this; thank you. For those Senators who voted no ... hopefully you will feel the pain of your decision the next time the people vote.

    April 17, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Happy As Heck

    Sour grapes from an angry President who is bent on increasing government, even to the point of trying to infringe on the very rights our founders granted to us in the Second Amendment. Shame on Obama for trying this and trying to parade victim's families out in his misguided emotional bid. Thank you Senators for standing up to Obama's bullying and the ridiculous notion that imposing background checks would have done anything to prevent Newtown, Aurora, etc. The problem is gun violence glorification by Hollywood and an incapable mental health system.... When will Obama take on Hollywood and/or the mental health side? Answer – never. The will of the American people is stronger than any man who thinks President means Dictator...

    April 17, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Jerry

    Poor, misguided baby! Can't win them all!!!

    April 17, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Hcall

    I for one thank the Senators that voted no to this senseless, needless restriction of personal freedom that would do no good for no one. This whole thing was presented as another polarization effort. I cried for those babies that were needlessly murdered but using that as a way to limit our hard-won freedoms is wrong. What was successful here was our presidents attempt to further divide the people of this country. The proposed laws would have stopped nothing.

    April 17, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. elmer

    Obama's a good liar - so I guess he knows when he sees it in others

    April 17, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Knute Likey

    Where would obama be if he couldn't roll out his people props at every presser. That is all people mean to him,something to use to push his agenda ! It's shamefull

    April 17, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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