Speaking in the Rose Garden Wednesday, Obama blamed the gun lobby who "willfully lied" and senators who "failed" for the Senate's vote against the background check bill.
Instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill," Obama said, and Senators "caved" to the pressure. "They're worried that the gun lobby would paint them as anti-Second Amendment."
"I heard some say that blocking this legislation would be a victory. And I ask, a victory for whom? A victory for what? All today's vote does is preserve a loophole" that allows criminals to buy weapons, the president said.
On his appearances with the families of Newtown victims, Obama was scornful towards those who'd called the families a prop. "A prop. Emotional blackmail. Are they serious?"
The president's address was introduced by Mark Barden, whose little son was killed in Newtown."Any Dad in America could be in my shoes," he said emotively.
"All in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington," the president concluded. "But this effort is not over. You need to let your representative know that you are disappointed, and you will remember this come election time," he urged.
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