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. Ban guns to save kids, let the abortionists kill them.

    Sounds like Barry needs to sit in the corner and chill out. You don't always get your way.

    April 17, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. G T

    Obama knows this legislation will not pass, it is just the prelude to what he is really planning – Ratifying a U.N. treaty to bypass the second amendment all together.

    April 17, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. waitforflash

    Round One...

    In this latest gun-grab effort we see a government that is continually probing, pushing, and testing citizens. If "We the people" let it pass they step-it-up and move forward, if we resist they simply fall back and try again later. We all know where this is headed.

    Many Americans are preparing and even looking forward to a coming trigger event, initiated by a power-hungry, over-reaching government, that will bring on a revolt of fed-up Americans. The day is rapidly approaching when it will be necessary to give these wanna-be tyrants a severe spanking and remind them that "We the people" own this country.

    Prepare to defend yourself, your family, and your liberty!

    April 17, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. svede

    As he shamelessly posed with the shooting victim's families he did not make one point as to how anything in that bill would have prevented those shootings. . . because there were none.

    April 17, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Lonny

    Unlike the willful lying around the Save Monsanto act or "I will close Guantanamo"?

    April 17, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. PLauren

    This President had the colossal gaul to complain that the congress went against the will of the people in this instance. In 2010, a law was passed called Obamacare that the greater majority of the country opposed, he did not care one iota. He just got the slap in the face he deserves....It's his pride that's been wounded, as he used Newtown parents as props.

    April 17, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. JW

    What IS shameful is that Obama has the unmitigated gall to ignore his OATH to uphold and DEFEND the Constitution.

    Obama is a deceitful, liar and user of people for his own agenda.

    April 17, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Bill

    When did the American people vote on this?

    April 17, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. James E. Rustles

    I guess Fast and Furious wasn't a shameful day in Washington. Neither was the compliance with the investigation of the Benghazi attack. Or not prosecuting the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation in Philadelphia. Or signing the NDAA into law. Or reauthorizing the Patriot Act. Or using drones to kill people in other countries in violation of their sovereignty and air space. Or making Jeffrey Immelt your job czar and watching him send GE jobs to China the following week. I'll stop now because I'll run out of space.

    April 17, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Ed

    Looks like Barry's ticked. The good news to me is that this is a bipartisan defeat. A few Dems voted against it and a few Repubs voted for it. So, at least Barry can't lay this directly at the Repubs feet. At least not honestly.

    April 17, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. Penny

    Maybe I am not smart enough to understand how government works. I thought that when you elected a person to represent you, that they should vote on matters as the majority of their people want them to vote. Apparently this isn't true. We the people don't make and can't contribute enough money to pay off our representatives. I guess from here on out we do our research and start voting smarter. I'm so disappointed. smh

    April 17, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. James

    I live in California and let me say, whites ARE the minority. Our new friends from the South, that our government is HELLBENT on replacing US with, when they feel they are the majority on a street they litterally take over. Loud music all night and big mouths looking for a fight and their kids running around like rats stomping on your lawn. The only thing these animals understand is the threat of a bullit to the fat tootsie roll they call a head. Guns in this country, especially now, gives the average man strength and dignity that these insects really WANT to take from us, for some strange reason.

    April 17, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. TDiddy

    HA HA! What a great day! Now obama can stop parading around his props...he is disgusting...so is mark kelly...

    April 17, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. HJG

    Aww poor Barry, couldn't shame/pressure Senators into chipping away at the 2nd Amendment. Poor President, boo hoo!

    April 17, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Rex

    "keep our kids safe"???? what about all the "kids" being aborted everyday?

    April 17, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Pokeys Pissed

    Wow, a "shameful day" in Washington turns out to be a pretty good day for the average citizen. How inverted the leftist thugocracy has turned. When a politician endeavors to infringe on the natural rights of a free citizen, using fear, lies, straw-man arguments and extortion to enact a bad law that fails to even meet the purported goals, it reveals the depth of their delusion. This man is a psychopath with no regard for the reality we live in. Shame on him and his supporters. Shame on each of you who engage in misrepresenting the facts to suit your calcified agenda. Shame on each one of you who believes you have the right to infringe on your neighbors natural rights for no reason other than to pacify a political meme.

    April 17, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. biglio

    America is more and more the land of the crazies, can only say that I'm glad that i live in Canada........
    your propaganda reminds me of Germany in the 30's, I sincerely wish you won't end the same way....

    April 17, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. lonnie

    Its a good day for America, our right has stood. Taking away the right to have and carry is not up to Mr Obama. He will soon be gone, thank God!

    April 17, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Hoolio

    Poor old Barry. Nobody "willfully lied", he's just saying that because the outcome displeased the Emperor.....

    April 17, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Dr Evan Canbert

    What a shameful day! Why, what would Stalin say?

    April 17, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. DirtyD

    All in all, the last five years have been pretty shameful days in Washington.

    April 17, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Rex

    Go ahead and surrender your arms to the government...they will "protect" you in their "camps", what a bunch of libtards.

    April 17, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. mike

    I think people did contact there senators.That is why they voted the way they did.Polls mean nothing.

    April 17, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. ga.democrat

    It is a shameful day in Washington. The Republicans have shown once again that they govern in the best interests of big money. The President is correct that they "willfully lied" to defeat this bill. How do these repugnant people sleep at night?

    April 17, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    The Senate has blocked backfround checks and anything else that would close the loop holes

    April 17, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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