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Obama blasts Senate gun vote: ‘shameful day’

Published: 4/18/13 @ 12:00

Associated Press


A visibly infuriated President Barack Obama surrounded himself with tearful parents of Connecticut school shooting victims Wednesday after the Senate voted down a measure designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and declared it a “pretty shameful day for Washington.”

The Senate, which is controlled by the president’s own party, handed him a stinging first defeat for his second term by voting down a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks for gun buyers. The disappointment was all over the faces of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, their mouths turned into deep frowns as they appeared in the Rose Garden shortly after the vote.

“The fact is most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn’t want to make it harder for criminals and those with several mental illness to buy a gun,” Obama said. “There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this.”

Obama vowed that the vote would not end his fight for stricter gun laws and was “just round one.” But it’s unclear where the White House and its allies on guns can go from here, after the Senate sunk their best hope.

With five Democrats voting along with 41 Republicans against the measure, Obama didn’t spare his own party the blame. He said opponents made a political calculation that the gun lobby and a vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in the next election.

“Obviously, a lot of Republicans had that fear, but Democrats had that fear, too,” Obama said. “And so they caved to the pressure and started looking for an excuse, any excuse, to vote no.”

The pointed accusations were a marked departure from Obama’s “no drama” style. He’s shown a lot of passion on the gun issue, even publicly shedding tears, but his emotion previously appeared more rooted in sadness than anger.


Posted by dmacker (anonymous) on April 18, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.

It is shameful the way this administration has paraded victims of recent gun tragedies in an attempt to further their long time push to ban guns. My heart goes out to those victims. Hovever, we best honor the memory of those children by addressing the cause of gun violence not the tools of it. The overwelming majority of guns are possessed and enjoyed by law abisding citizens.
Illegal drugs, violent video games and movies as well as the woeful identification of the dangerously mentally ill and getting them the proper treatment are some of those causes. Yet this administration refuses to address any of these issues.
Instead they continue to put forth programs that would not have prevented any of the recent tragedies and only burden the law abiding shooting public.
Let's enforce the laws we already have to prosecute those criminals who attempt to obtain and criminally misuse firearms. That's where our focus should be.

Posted by Sensible (anonymous) on April 18, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.

Your Senator Portman voted against stiff penalties for gun trafficking.

What's that all about!

Posted by redeye1 (anonymous) on April 18, 2013 at 10:49 a.m.

The only shameful day this year was the day OBAMMY got sworn in again. No one cave into the pressure, they voted how their consituents wanted them to vote.The right way and not OBAMMY way.
Sensible I will vote for Portman again in the next election , he not a puppet for OBAMMY

Posted by HappyBob (anonymous) on April 18, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.

Yesterday’s voting wasn't about the Second amendment, safety or security or gun violence or the kids.

It was all about the Republicans kicking Obama's butt.

That became very clear to me when Portman voted NO to increasing the sentencing for convicted gun runners, people who resell to felons for a profit.

He may have different ideas about what the 2nd amendment means, so maybe I could accept his vote on background checks .... but to vote to against the gun trafficking bill --- well it makes no sense at all.

His vote was an anti-Obama vote, and so he voted NOT to stiffen the penalty of people convicted of gun running as a comercial business. Awesome!

Just who is Portman listening to!!!

Posted by redeye1 (anonymous) on April 18, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.

HappyBob If he had voted for that one and it passed, Obammy would want even more. Once again , they aren't or won't enforce all the laws already on tthe books. Because if they had Obammy and his Attornery General would be in jail for running guns to Mexico The Fast and Furious screw up. That has been covered up by the liberal press and OBAMMY!