April 17th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
10 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.

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soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Richard

    If any leader, other than the President, publically ridiculed their peers and/or subordinates they would be court marshaled or fired. To see and hear the President and see the Vice President standing together and the President saying the Congress needs to get their act together is a shameful day for America

    April 17, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Disgraceful is a better word but did you really think they would do something decent given their past behavior?

    April 17, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. joe american

    Obama is a lying Marxist commie progresssive..........

    April 17, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. Richard

    Why haven't the Major News Networks put in the Presidents Comment; e.g., "Congress needs to get its act together." Is he going to issue an Executive order to abolish the Congress. And he wonders why he can't get anything passed. The Democrats control the Senate.

    April 17, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. Philip

    Having trouble understanding how you could lose?
    We don't trust you. Where are the facts on other issues like Bengazhi?

    April 17, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  6. fernace

    We might as well say it out loud: This is about the $$$! It's shameful, but I know the people will prevail! Like the President said, it's round 1! Be ready w/pink slips next election day!!

    April 17, 2013 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. Pawpaw

    It's the gun control lobby that has lied throughout this debate. They claim that all they want is "common sense" gun laws when in actuality the "common sense" gun law they want is total disarmament of the civilian population. Obama lied when he campaigned promising that he respected your second amendment rights and did not seek to "take away your guns". Dare I say it? It's like the pot calling the kettle black.

    April 18, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. robert james



    SIGNED ,

    ALL OF US OWNERS OF OUR AMERICA.........................

    April 18, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  9. John Doe

    So, a question. How many of the firearms allegedly used in the Newtown shootings were registered to the shooter? So these expanded background checks would have helped in what way?

    April 18, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  10. Brian

    The Founding Fathers had the right idea, but it's outdated. Our system needs an overhaul. Until then, nothing will ever get accomplished, and all of the problems we are facing will continue to persist.

    The Senate and House need to stop working in the interest of their own careers and for lobbyists, and start working in the interest of the American citizens who every single Senator and Congressman swore to serve.

    Pathetic day for Washington. Makes me sick to my stomach to know that 90% of Republicans voted NO while families of children who were brutally massacred watched on.

    April 18, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  11. Gun

    I'm sorry but you (Obama) don't like it when you get your way and pronounce to everyone that the Senate failed. We the people had to accept you as our President but you lost the popular vote. We accepted it. You must do the same regardless of your personal feelings. The Senate voted and the bill did not pass. Move on.......

    April 18, 2013 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  12. M.Ouderland

    Please stop lying about the 90% it makes you look bad.

    April 18, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  13. Charles Collins

    The NRA did not lie. Obama and Biteme lied. The problem is not guns. Boston and Lone Star College proved that. It is about mental illness.

    April 18, 2013 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  14. ronvan

    DISGUSTING!!! What this really shows is that our "elected children" have been BOUGHT OFF by lobbyists, special interest groups, etc.. Whatever pole you look at WE, the people, were in favor of this, 80 to 90%, YET those mentioned above were more interested in themselves than who they represent!

    April 18, 2013 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  15. George Dixon

    Shame on the Democrat Controlled Senate: Gun Control AND Economic Growth Dies

    A proposal backed by 90 percent of the American people and a majority of Senators won't become law. Why?

    "large majorities in America (90%) believe that increased access to U.S. oil and natural gas resources could lead to more American jobs."


    "90% of Americans favor gun control"

    April 18, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  16. Whitey

    He's more angry here than he was on Monday...sucky leader.

    April 18, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  17. David

    Funny... it was not a shameful day they passed Obama-Care against the will of the people.... Seems Democrats continue the double standard...

    April 18, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  18. rickyd

    glad my voice was heard Obama get off your high hourse

    April 18, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
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