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WATCH: Obama Slams ‘Shameful Day For Washington’ After Senate Kills Gun Bill

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WATCH: Obama Slams ‘Shameful Day For Washington’ After Senate Kills Gun Bill


A visibly angry President Barack Obama denounced what he called a “shameful day for Washington” from the White House Rose Garden Wednesday evening, less than two hours after the Senate blocked the expansion of gun sale background checks, among other new gun safety measures.

After being introduced by the father of a 7-year-old victim of the Newtown massacre, President Obama slammed the senators who sided with the gun lobby over the wishes of their constituents.

“Ninety percent of Americans support” expanding background checks, Obama said. “And a few minutes ago, 90 percent of Democrats in the Senate voted for that idea. But it’s not going to happen, because 90 percent of Republicans in the Senate just voted against that idea.”

“A majority of senators voted yes to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks,” he continued. “But by this continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward.”

The president went on to accuse the senators who voted “no” of cowardice, noting that although “most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn’t want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illnesses to buy a gun,” they still blocked the bill because “they worried that that vocal minority of gun-owners would come after them in future elections,” and “that the gun lobby would spend a lot of money and paint them as anti-Second Amendment.”

The president stressed that, although the vote went largely along party lines, “Democrats had that fear, too.”

While he didn’t call him out by name, President Obama reserved an especially harsh rebuke for Senator Rand Paul, who earlier in the morning accused Obama of using families who have suffered from gun violence as “props.”

“I’ve heard folks say that having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced. A prop, somebody called them. Emotional blackmail, some outlets said. Are they serious?” the president asked. “Do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don’t have a right to weigh in on this issue? Do we think their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate?”

Despite his obvious frustration with Wednesday’s votes, President Obama signaled that the congressional battle over gun safety was just beginning.

“If this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common-sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters,” Obama said. He went on to urge reform advocates to “let your representatives in Congress know that you are disappointed and that if they don’t act this time, you will remember come election time.”

“Sooner or later we are going to get this right,” the president concluded. “The memories of these children demand it, and so do the American people.”

A transcript of President Obama’s speech is available here.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. bcarreiro April 17, 2013

    mr obama this is just another smack in the face to all of us who want a congress full of individuals (not parties) who are neutral as well as openminded. its just a sad situation when all we people want is clarity, transparency and a future for our children. greed overpowers everything!!! what are these peoples objective when our future is dying.

    1. RobertCHastings April 18, 2013

      Unfortunately, Fox News has become the order of the day. Our own Supreme Court, that is by its very definition required to fair and impartial cannot meet its own mandated litmus test. The oath Congressmen take when they begin their term of office requires that they obey and support the Constitution, which, in more ways than one, requires Legislators to obey the will of the people, something the cowards of this Congress have failed to do.

      1. lana ward April 18, 2013

        The Constitution 1, Obama 0

        1. RobertCHastings April 18, 2013

          Please explain. Your post seems somewhat cryptic.

          1. lana ward April 18, 2013

            Obama lost, our Constitution is still intact

      2. lana ward April 18, 2013

        You mean that Fox News that has more veiwers than all other media outlets combined?? Great choice!!

        1. RobertCHastings April 18, 2013

          And where did you hear that? Oh, let me guess. Fox News?

          1. lana ward April 18, 2013

            Check out TV ratings, see for yourself:))))

        2. plc97477 April 18, 2013

          That explains why there is so much stupidity in the country now.

  2. charleo1 April 17, 2013

    I would like to know. What is the threshold of public support for a thing,
    in this Country today, before it trumps the will of a lobby? Obviously, 90%
    is not enough. What do we call what we have for a government, when 100%
    is no longer enough?

    1. lana ward April 18, 2013

      That is Obamas’ lie that 90% wants this law. He is one big drama queen just stirring his supporters up!! You should be thankful our Constitution stands and Obamas’ destruction of it lost :))))

      1. AMADAL April 18, 2013


        1. lana ward April 18, 2013

          Clueless Obamabot

      2. Dennis Mullins April 18, 2013

        Look out the window here comes Lana.

        1. lana ward April 18, 2013

          Aren’t you proud our Constitution won and Obama lost??

    2. exdemo55 April 18, 2013

      Only 4 percent of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country, according to Gallup, and far more Americans are concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt.

      In its poll from Apr. 4-7, Gallup surveyed 1,005 adults by telephone and asked, “What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?”

      Despite the Obama administration’s strong push for more gun control legislation, few Americans are concerned about the issue.

      As Gallup reports, “Few Americans mention guns or immigration as the most important problems facing the nation today, despite the current attention lawmakers in Washington are giving to these issues. The economy still dominates as the top concern, followed by jobs and dissatisfaction with the general way in which Congress and the government work.”

      These data “underscore the prominence of economic issues in Americans’ minds,” said Gallup.

      1. charleo1 April 18, 2013

        I think if only 4% said gun control was an important issue, is most
        likely because their kid wasn’t slaughtered at school. Don’t you think?
        If ask about guns, guess what? People care a great deal about the issue.
        The vast majority agree, and all polls show 85/090% think the ridiculous
        loophole, where any criminal, doper, gun runner, child molester, can
        buy a gun just as easy as anyone else. Closing that huge opportunity for
        those with a violent history, and criminal record, is what this conversation is about. You seem completely unaware President Obama didn’t take this
        issue up on his own. After Tucson, Aurora, Virginia Tech, people are
        fed up, and wanted him to do something about nuts getting guns.

  3. old_blu April 17, 2013

    This is a horrible day for Washington and the American people when 90% of the people want this bill and it gets voted down we know they don’t care about what is right for America. Remember these names. Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Mark Pryor of Arkansas they are the Demcrats that voted against it.

    1. BDC_57 April 17, 2013

      You are right my friend I hope they get voted out of office all they are NRA ass kissers

    2. lana ward April 18, 2013

      This is a great day for the 2nd Amendment. We have enough gun laws, they’re just NOT being enforced. It isn’t true that 90% of the people want this law, and even if it were true, most Americans didn’t want Ocare but it was shoved down out throats!! and Ocare is a train wreck about to happen. Keep our Constitution intact, leave the 2nd Amendment alone! The Constitution and the 2nd Amendment 1, Obama and Constitution stompers 0 , for now

    3. neeceoooo April 18, 2013

      Good morning and it is a sad day. I do believe that if our democratic president were white, we would have had the vote as we should. I also wanted to share more names of representatives who voted no. We need to remember these name during the next election;

      Lamar Alexander TN
      Kelly Ayotte NH
      John Barrasso WY
      Max Baucus MT
      Mark Begich AK
      Roy Blunt MO
      John Boozman AR
      Richard Burr NC
      Saxby Chambliss GA
      Dan Coats IN
      Tom Coburn OK
      Thad Cochran MS
      Bob Corker TN
      John Cornyn TX
      Michael Crapo ID
      Ted Cruz TX
      Mike Enzi WY
      Deb Fischer NE
      Jeff Flake AZ
      Lindsey Graham SC
      Charles Grassley IA
      Orrin Hatch UT
      Heidi Heitkamp ND
      Dean Heller NV
      John Hoeven ND
      James Inhofe OK
      Johnny Isakson GA
      Mike Johanns NE
      Ron Johnson WI
      Mike Lee UT
      Mitch McConnell KY
      Jerry Moran KS
      Lisa Murkowski AK
      Rand Paul KY
      Rob Portman OH
      Mark Pryor AR
      James Risch ID
      Pat Roberts KS
      Marco Rubio FL
      Tim Scott SC
      Jeff Sessions AL
      Richard Shelby AL
      John Thune SD
      David Vitter LA
      Roger Wicker MS

    4. Dennis Mullins April 18, 2013

      I will do everything I can to see these Jack Asse’s get kicked out of office. No more donations. We also need to name all the Republicans who voted Nah

      1. old_blu April 18, 2013

        I used to take great pride in studying every candidate, and then make what I thought was an intelligent decision on who to vote for, but as long as the tea party (cancer) is infiltrating the republican party I won’t vote for them again.

      2. Robert Rawson April 19, 2013

        I am a liberal Democrat who actually regrets having voted for Obama. I intend to send the four brave Senators what little money I can spare for being patriotic Americans and standing up for my civil rights against a media that is owned by the 1% and multi national corporations that direct our Government these days. Do you have a clue as to what happened to Europe’s Jewish population in the 1930’s and 40’s? How about Uganda, Cambodia Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, it goes on and on. Do you know that more than 180 million men, women, and Children were murdered by their governments in the 20th Century by their own governments after being registered disarmed robbed enslaved and murdered all quite legally. I can’t stand the hype about a few wacko’s murdering school children after being doped up on anti psychotics. Get a clue! It’s the anti-psychotic drugs. What changed in the last 30 years? You used to be able to buy a gun from a sears catalog. Now you can get the anti-psychotic drugs over the phone but have to jump through hoops to even buy ammunition some places. From my cold dead hands! I hate to say that Mr. Heston was right, and I am very angry with my Democratic party for pushing me into the hands of a bunch of otherwise bat shit crazy folks, but I think Gun Control efforts are being lead by an unpatriotic 1% elitist click, and cheered on by the corporate media they control. those following them lack historical perspective. You should read a little history before you surrender your liberty and your power. Obama and the elites that run him are disarming the peasants of the world and there is a reason. It is called famine, and it is coming. Pay attention to such things as the Arab Spring if you want to to win the Darwin Awards. Those Egyptians didn’t revolt for freedom, they revolted because they could not buy food. Restructuring and economic collapse made it impossible for them to feed their families. The Vietcong stood off the most powerful army on earth with a few conventional weapons and a determination to be free. That is what the Feinstein’s and Obama’s, and their masters are afraid of.

    5. exdemo55 April 18, 2013

      Is President Obama correct when he blames lies from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the rejection? No. The president has only himself to blame.

      The fact is that while the overwhelming majority of the public approves of the narrow terms of the bill — to expand background checks to gun shows — the president has so poisoned the atmosphere in our nation’s politics that we don’t trust the government and we don’t trust the president.

      The president was amazed that people did not read the plain language in the bill which bans using the background check information to amass a registry of gun owners. But he’s wrong. They read it. They just didn’t believe it.

      Like they didn’t believe that the requirement that only fiscal bills could pass with a bare majority would stop Obama from passing the health care bill with only a majority.

      Like they didn’t believe that the ban on recess appointments when Congress was not in recess would stop Obama from naming National Labor Relations Board members without Senate confirmation while the Senate was not in recess.

      Like they didn’t believe that the president wouldn’t allocate to himself the executive authority to pass the DREAM Act after it was rejected by Congress.

      Like they didn’t believe that the feds would try to name ministers in churches, and so forth and so on.

      You can’t abuse the public’s trust as much as this president has and then cry when they don’t trust you.

    6. montanabill April 19, 2013

      90% (if that is not just another bogus number) simply don’t realize existing background check laws are not being properly enforced, they are being fed nothing but propaganda by the media and, if they truly want laws restricting firearm ownership, they must enact a Constitutional amendment voiding the the 2nd Amendment.

  4. Dominick Vila April 18, 2013

    Too little too late. The NRA and the Tea Party were allowed to make their outlandish claims unchallenged for weeks and this is the result of being polite with people who only deserve a kick in the rear.

    In addition to making a mockery of the Second Amendment by insisting on an UNREGULATED militia, the NRA – and its minions in Congress – undermined their own justification to bear arms: the need to defend themselves against criminal elements and mentally disturbed people, by blocking the expansion of legislation to make it a little more difficult for people unfit to own a gun to do so at gun shows and via the Internet.

    Not only did most Republicans – and a few Democrats – succumb to fear of retaliation by the NRA, they willingly accepted responsibility for future massacres carried out by the very people that will benefit from a privilege that should only be extended to honest and rational members of society.

    The latest anti-gun control campaign, which included lies such as claiming a gun ownership record was going to be put in place by the governor, in spite of the fact that the proposed compromise included language that explicitly forbid such a thing, made the Third Reich disinformation tactics look childish.
    Make no mistake, gun control is dead, and the real reason has nothing to do with common sense, the Second Amendment, or what the American people want. It is all about embarrassing Barack Obama.

    1. lana ward April 18, 2013

      More laws won’t make a damn bit of difference. Inforce the laws that are on the books!! Don’t punish law abiding citizens!!

      1. tax payer April 18, 2013

        Punish those ( illegals ) that force our Brainwashed Congress to go against the American people to change our Laws to suit them. That’s not about to happen with the President we are forced to accept since the Democrats felt he was the best candidate to run our country ( knowing full well ) he didn’t do much the first four years.

        1. lana ward April 18, 2013

          Our Government bends over backwards for all illegals and shits on Americans

    2. plc97477 April 18, 2013

      We can try again after we get rid of some deadwood in washington dc

  5. docb April 18, 2013

    Cowards and liars ..the repubs in congress..They are being USED by the arms dealers of the nra..despicable..they will pay for this choice arms dealers lobbyists PROFITS over American LIVES!

    Bless the Prtesident for his outrage and telling it like it is..a crime and disgrace…LIARS ..just gave a free pass to AlQueda and the criminals…FOR PROFITS!

    Shame them at every turn..1.866.311.3405 or 1.866.338.1015

    1. lana ward April 18, 2013

      To bad he couldn’t fake this much outrage when all of these terrorist incidences happen

  6. Lovefacts April 18, 2013

    As I’ve said before, just because they’re Democrats doesn’t mean we Progressives can’t run someone against them in a primary. I’m fed up with our elected officials playing politics with this country. It’s time we 90% made the cowards pay. This includes not just those who voted no, but Harry Reid whose fear made it possible by not changing the Senate filibuster rules.

    1. lana ward April 18, 2013

      I commend all the Dems that stood up to this bully and instead stood up for our Constitution. Great day for Americas’ freedom

    2. plc97477 April 18, 2013

      Would you rather have sharon angle?

      1. Lovefacts April 18, 2013

        No, but I believe a Progressive could have won against Angle.

  7. tax payer April 18, 2013

    He isn’t thinking as a President because we have the right to protect our families at any cost and to have weapons it gives us a good chance to not be killed by someone that isn’t, and will know we are defenseless against them. Only the bad people would be able to carry weapons. I also hope the Republicans will make him angrier by voting down his dream for the Illegals. That should blow his fuses far away.

    1. mah101 April 18, 2013

      Have you read the bill that was voted down? I ask you to find the parts that deny you any right to defend your families or to own a gun – unless of course you are a convicted felon.

      We have an obligation to understand the issues rather than confuse them and inflame discussion with inaccurate rhetoric.

      1. tax payer April 18, 2013

        I read the bill, but you seem to forget ( a good abiding citizen ) can purchase them for someone else ( not knowing their intentions ), so no matter; if it passed or not we all would still be in danger from others because of someone buying them weapons while passing the background check. I would pass a background check easily because I’m not a law breaker or as a Felon as you described me, but I have no desire to purchase any weapon since I have other means to defend myself or family. My shotgun does much damage once someone entered my secured iron door, but my signs outside will make them go elsewhere.

    2. idamag April 18, 2013

      You need to be extra vigilant. That power pole by your house might have been fixed to record everything you say and maybe even photograph it. The trash collectors might be using listening devices when they pick up your trash. You don’t know what or who is in the cars going down your street. Might be members of the Mexican Drug Cartel out to get you for your views.

      1. tax payer April 18, 2013

        Have you ev er heard of a search warrant?

    3. old_blu April 18, 2013

      WTF are you talking about? There was nothing in the bill that said they were going to take guns or even register them. (another stupid argument)

      1. BDC_57 April 18, 2013

        They believe all the lies that NRA assholes tells them.

      2. tax payer April 18, 2013

        I forgot to tell you I get a big kick out of people that get upset about anything they read and I guess you are included too.

        1. old_blu April 18, 2013

          So does that mean you don’t believe what you wrote and it was just to get someone upset? And you’re welcome for giving you a “big kick” then.

          1. tax payer April 18, 2013

            I believe I made my point, so I’ll let you have this one since I’m about to watch the news.

  8. Daniel Jones April 18, 2013

    I expected this.
    The pure political animals ARE out of touch with the people.
    To them, we’re just props!
    To them, our own affairs are *none of our business*!
    To them, we are NOT human.
    To them, they are God, and we are Dog.

    1. BDC_57 April 18, 2013

      They don’t care about the people all care is the money they from get NRA.

  9. neeceoooo April 18, 2013

    This is truly a sad day in American history when the people of this wonderful country cannot depend on their representative to serve the people and not the NRA. You should all know that the NRA provided false information yet you chose to ignore the inconsistencies and lies in this information and you still voted no. With 90% of the American people wanting these stricter back ground checks, you should all remember we are the ones who put you in office and we are the ones who can take you out of office.

    It makes me so sad to think that all those children who lost their live at Sandy Hook, have died in vain. If anything good can come out of these deaths, I would hope it could be change but you have all shown us how much you value the life of a child with your vote. You should all hang your head in shame if ever facing the families of these children.

  10. exdemo55 April 18, 2013

    Wouldn’t it be great if you saw him get that kind of mad when Americans are killed? He didn’t get that mad after Benghazi. He didn’t get anywhere near that mad after what happened in Boston. But let his gun control bill go down in the Senate, this guy blows a gasket. He literally blew a gasket. And I know why he blew a gasket. Because this gun control bill was supposed to fail in the House so he could blame it on Republicans.

  11. pappadaddyo April 18, 2013

    As a veteran and a hunter I have not been without a gun for most of my
    life. All of these gun laws have not impaired my rights or freedom one
    bit. Both sides of this debate are acting or reacting out of fear, fear
    of guns, fear of crime, or fear of gov. and fear always beats logic. If
    your choices are based on fear, who is really making those choices for
    We need to step back and actually think a bit. Time for
    more commander Spock, less chicken little. The second amendment begins
    with the words “A WELL REGULATED” who does the regulating? The gov. of
    course and being the gov. they will find the most cumbersome way to do
    it! A simple, straightforward “purchase permit” issued by the local
    sheriff dept. after whatever background checks and training are done,
    just like a ccw permit would simplify the process for all, even the
    dreaded “gun shows” and provides for better local control.
    Sadly gov. and simplicity seem to be mutually exclusive.

  12. montanabill April 19, 2013

    I tend to believe Rush Limbaugh’s assessment. The President knew the bill would be killed in the House, but that would allow him to ratchet up the rhetoric about needing more Democrats in 2014. He was simply angry because his plan was thwarted by the Senate.


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