April 17th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
1 year 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. joe

    The only thing shameful is you, you are slowly dismantalling this great country and slowly turning it into a socialist republic.You are buying the backing of all the unimfprmed with promises of more socialist hand outs using someone elses money.This country has lost it's moral fiber under you leadership and will continue to decline as long as fools keep drinking your free programs laced kool-aid!!!!

    April 17, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. WILLIAM HOFMEISTER

    Somebody tell the clown prince that the American People spoke today. It just wasn't what he wanted to hear.

    April 17, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Rick

    The only thing shameful that happened, is that a bunch of socialists tried to overturn the constitution of the United States, and thank God, they failed.

    April 17, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. rielly

    2nd amendment SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED

    April 17, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. deb

    The lie is all around us...where did anyone get the idea they were trying to ban guns?–Maybe the NRA?? SHAME ON YOU NRA–I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!!

    And for you spineless democrats–I HOPE YOU LOSE YOUR JOBS!!!

    YES PRESIDENT OBAMA-I AM DISAPPOINTED IN THIS VOTE!

    April 17, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Doctor Mxyzptlk

    I want to know how much the Senate minority were paid for their vote.

    April 17, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. The1

    The Gun Bill would have passed easily if it were a good idea. Blame yourself Mr. President.

    April 17, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Paul Fallavollita

    Obama just doesn't get it. He thinks government action is all about "saving lives" and "protecting the children." One could create a completely safe society but people wouldn't want to live there. That's because it would be a police state.

    April 17, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. kabong30

    That's funny I saw it as a bright spot amongst the recent horror going on in Boston and D.C. right now.

    April 17, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Triple A

    The hand gun for self protection
    The shot gun for home protection
    The AR-15 for when the government tries to take the first two or to fight along side government when space aliens or zombies attack.

    April 17, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Mike

    No Mr. President what is shameful is that you continue to use these victims as props for your anti second amendment views. What is shameful is your consistent lie that ANOTHER law will prevent a crime from being committed when your Justice Department won't even prosecute the current criminals that break the hundreds of gun laws already in place. What is shameful is your ignoring of the carnage that takes place on a daily basis in all the bastions of the most restrictive gun laws in America, Chicago, Detroit, LA, the list goes on and on, all the while proclaiming that ANOTHER gun law will change all this.

    April 17, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    This shows how many of our senators really work for the gun lobbyists and not for the people who voted them to represent. It is clear, these senators and congress members don't care about Americans or our children. All they care about is how much money they can get from the gun manufacturers and NRA.

    So let us find out who voted against gun control and don't vote for them. If they don't represent us or more than 90 percent of us,why do we need these people in Senate or Congress? If they don't care about our children being slaughtered by people who should not have guns, let us get rid of these greedy, power hungry senators and congress members.

    April 17, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. Jonathan A

    I am proud that the the new gun control laws are not in place, yet. Have we not seen enough of the feds lying to us, not only this president, but all are corrupt. Id much rather rely on myself to protect me and my family than the supposed "Protectors", ie federal government totalitarians.

    April 17, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Doubltap

    Hey, reality check yer majesty: Congress DID listen to the American People, that's why the bill failed!

    April 17, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. kabong30

    Rights of Americans being upheld and not twisted around? Yeah, I can see why he'd hate that.

    April 17, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. solgreatman

    What day isn't shameful in Washington?Your all a bunch of liars and thief's,that would sell your mothers if it meant more power.Both sides starting with the so called president.'

    April 17, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Is he serious?!!? "A shameful day in Washington"?!?! "Willfully lied"?!?!?!?
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't it been a shameful 4+ years so far, with a person(won't even dignify by calling him a MAN, because a REAL MAN would admit to his lies, and wrongdoings) who 'willfully lies' DAILY?!... Simply by breathing... Just sayin...

    April 17, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. yankeesfan

    Lots of republican senators are up for re-election. Vote the bums out.

    April 17, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. poopypants

    Honestly, this gun stuff needs to be dropped. The Democrats are more concerned with social issues and 'feel-good' legislature than really fixing the problem. We need to have better school systems and get the mentally unstable people help. Until we actually fix the root of the problem we are going to constantly trim the branches and call a dying plant "fixed."

    April 17, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Curious Fellow

    The representatives of the people have spoken. Get with the program.

    April 17, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. rinsac

    We need a list of how everyone voted so we can set about getting those who voted no, out of there.

    April 17, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. ASW

    No, Mr. President, what's shameful is how many polichickens attack one of our most sacred Civil Rights, every chance they get. Make no mistake about it, the Second Amendment gives all of other rights teeth.

    April 17, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. roro

    President Obama was more forceful than I've ever seen him, and rightfully so. His speech portrayed what most of the people in this country feel – a complete and total betrayal of 90% of this country's citizens. What the hell is wrong with these senators? How dare they go against the will of the people who elected them! I don't know how they sleep at night. They're all disgraceful, concerned more about their next election than the people of this country. I would like a list of those who voted no so I can express my disgust to each and every one of them. SHAME SHAME SHAME

    April 17, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. svede

    As he shamelessly posed with the school shooting families he did not make one point as to how anything in this bill would have prevented it. . . and that's because there wasn't any.

    April 17, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Jay in NC

    No Obama, this is not a shameful day in Washington, this is democracy working.

    April 17, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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