April 17th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
8 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. John

    A victory for FREEDOM!

    April 17, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. P Parker

    I'm never disappointed by the hubris of this man. Everyone must believe what I believe because what I beleve is always correct. If you disagree with me, you're evil. Mr. President, too bad you didn't invoke the "willl of the people" when you and your party ramrodded Obamacare. Spare us the "will of the people" talk; you don't believe it and neither does your party.

    April 17, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. doug

    The truth is, thisis not what the public wants, but lying gets you no where when you have informed public.

    April 17, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Jakartaman


    You may think it is round one.
    Here is a memo
    We will not surrender our 2nd amendment rights to a socialist government –
    We my need them to remove a tyrannical government –
    This is the basis that our founders stated to NOt infringe – Pretty clear Barry

    April 17, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. SuperJ

    Had these new laws been in place in December they would not have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy.

    April 17, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Hart

    Every day is a shameful day in Washington,,,,,,,,the USA is heading toward $ 17 trillion in debt.

    April 17, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Robert Conley

    How about we tell you that we are tired of you dragging the poor people of New Town and Rep. Giffords all over at your beck and call to prop up a program that we all know will do nothing to reduce gun crime in the U.S.. Let me see, it was 99 years ago that cocaine was outlawed in the United States. I see that that law stopped all of the cocaine trafficking in the U.S.. Marijuana was outlawed long ago also and that worked so well that now the states are starting to make it legal. Outlawing something does not make it go away
    How about you come up with something that addresses the crime problem. How about you make some laws that stop judges from letting criminals walk after pleading to a lesser charge. How about you overhaul the mental health services in this country so that those who need it receive treatment rather than just being drugged up and left out in society to do as they want. Fix those problems and then, and only then, address the gun laws.

    April 17, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. But Seriously Folks

    Two words for Obama, the Great Divider -- Epic Fail.

    And just like the non-leader he is, he caveats it with 'blood on their hands' rhetoric... What a mistake this country made on Election Day.

    April 17, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Evan

    Wow..does he just have Newton related people on standby 24/7 to be stage props? It's getting old, every rant has some human prop standing there silently...cops, teachers, factory workers you name it... Time to get a new play book

    April 17, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. Jim

    Obama,the shame in Washington , is not that your're commie idea about jet he 2nd amendment was saved. The fact is the shame is you were not thrown out of office for failure to lead this country.

    April 17, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. john smith

    The founders had a good reason for the 2nd amendment. Thank God for the Gun Lobby.

    April 17, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Patriot

    where do you get your statistics I wonder? You do a poll of 1500 people and then state that the majority of Americans want these changes. Last time I checked there is alot more than 1500 people in the U.S.

    April 17, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Free Willy

    He is trying to make it sound like it's just a failure of politics...in reality, Americans are not going to give up their constitutional rights for something that wouldn't have an impact on the tragedies he's co-opting for his own personal agenda. If you don't like the 2nd amendment, fine, there is a process for adopting another amendment to overturn it...good luck with that. But Mr. Obama, while you are in office, I'll remind you you swore to protect and defend the constitution including the 2nd amendment.

    April 17, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. jc3

    Just round one of the Communist war on America.

    April 17, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. George

    President Crybaby throwing a tantrum.

    April 17, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. TLiebling

    Taking over the country is proving to be more difficult than Obama and his cohorts thought it would be. It seems that many are not willing to lie down and play dead for his far-left agenda.

    April 17, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. crapkiller

    Freedom and liberty won today. The progressive/socialist/ liberals (communists) lost, and for good reason. They lie!

    April 17, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Charles

    The framers of our Constitution knew from raw experience that power corrupts and governments are not to be trusted. So they gave us a Bill of Rights that included those awesome freedoms of religion and speech as well as a right to both own and carry weapons. Of course, that means that from time to time someone will commit a senseless act of violence, but we dare not dream that we can trade freedom for security. Those who try end up with neither. Citizens of evil regimes like those of Stalin and Hitler would have told us to be very wary when the government begins to take steps that could eventually lead to disarming their political rivals. They learned the hard way that when citizens are disarmed, freedoms of speech and religion went out the window and political opponents were slaughtered by the millions. Thank you, Senators, for not bowing to the liberal press or trampling the Constitution you vowed to protect.

    April 17, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. USMC-Veteran

    He wanted a vote, he got a vote.. Liberty, and the Constitution... OUR Constitution lives for another day..

    April 17, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Liberty&Justice4all

    Once again, our president has no clue what the American people think about the overreaching government he's pushing on us. Simply put, we don't want you telling us how we should live our lives, including gun ownership, healthcare, taxes owed, etc.

    April 17, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Kjo

    I'm always amused when the "gun lobby" is blamed for control the progressives cannot obtain over their subjects. Perhaps it will occur to them that the NRA does not exist in a vacuum, but is representative of the collective will of those not swayed by the president's disgusting use of people as props and blatant designs on disarming the law abiding. Funny how the President's initiatives are always "grass roots" efforts, while his opponet's efforts are the byproduct of institutional boogeymen. If the Boston Bombing reaffirmed anything, it is that predators always prefer to be better armed than their prey. Committed malevolents were hoping the President's gun grab would succeed; well-armed, law abiding citizens are inconvenient to each's agenda.

    April 17, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. CanadaONE

    Politicians NOT listening to their people – WOW what a shame!
    Is it the home of the brave and the land of the free
    The land of the gun and home of the dead?
    Wake up America before it is TOO LATE!!!!

    April 17, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Stan Irison

    You have to give BO some credit. He didn't "waste a good crisis." He used all the grieving family members from Sandy Hook like tools. BO enforce the existing laws and lets see what effect that has. In 2010, there were over 15,000 felons and fugitives who tried to illegally purchase firearms. Of those 15,000, the Obama Justice Department prosecuted just 44!! Let me repeat those numbers because those numbers are staggering, 15,000, they only prosecuted 44.

    April 17, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. jimbo ellis

    oh, is the president sad, bwahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    April 17, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Darkness

    I doubt there will be any true progress with any gun laws, either stricter or more relaxed until both sides find some common ground and have a discussion rather than trying to portray the other as the devil...

    Personally I do not support further gun laws in the Primary market, however the secondary markets are another story. Furthermore I do not support any more restrictions as far as magazine sizes. I do believe there is a need to address mental illness and to prevent those who are mentally ill and can not distinguish the real from fake from getting guns.
    The dellema is how do we do this? - - Background checks only show criminal history, I would go so far as to say that if some one is found incompetent or insane to take their guns and return them should they be found sane by a panel of psychologists at a later date.

    April 17, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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