Obama Angrily Denounces Gun-Rights Groups As Willful Liars


obama-gunPresident Obama angrily blamed the defeat today of his centerpiece gun-control proposal on lies spread by the National Rifle Association, calling it “a pretty shameful day for Washington.”

“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Mr. Obama said in the White House rose garden about 90 minutes after the vote. “It came down to politics.”

As he spoke, Mr. Obama was surrounded by family members of victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Also with him was former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, wounded in an assassination attempt.

Senators voted 54-46 late Wednesday to expand background checks of gun purchases, six votes shy of the 60 needed for passage of the amendment.

The vote was a huge blow to the president’s efforts since the Newtown, Conn., school massacre last December to enact a broad package of new gun laws. Mr. Obama and his team had considered background checks the most likely gun restriction to be approved by Congress, with polls showing as much as 90 percent of the public in favor of the measure immediately after the Newtown shootings.

The president put the blame squarely on the NRA, which he accused of spreading falsehoods that the legislation would lead to a national gun registry.

“They claimed that it would create some sort of big-brother gun registry, even though it did the opposite,” Mr. Obama said. “This pattern of spreading untruths … served a purpose. A minority in the U.S. Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms, even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery. It’s not going to happen because 90 percent of Republicans just voted against that idea.”

Mark Barden, father of 7-year-old Daniel who was killed in Newtown, said any father in America could be in his shoes.

“It’s a proposal that will save lives,” he said of the measure. “We’ll return home now, disappointed but not defeated. We’ve always known this will be a long road. We will keep moving forward and build public support. We will not be defeated. We are not going away.”

Mr. Obama vowed not to give up on seeking more gun restrictions.

“You’ve got to send the right people to Washington,” he told voters. “That requires strength and it requires persistence. I see this as just Round One. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it.”


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  1. What a nasty unprofessional crybaby. Doesn’t he see how every one of his proposals are unpopular? Doesn’t this indicate how he’s unpopular?

    Must be Bush’s fault.

  2. Obama runs a fine ship, but his actual destiny is losing grace. I think that he has a good mind and a good being, but yet there is more that he seems to be avoiding. Lets see how this term ends, but one must learn from the failures of the chief.

  3. Obama couldn’t care if it passed or not . The only reason he is angry is because he lost a fight regardless of what it was about. Sore loser.

  4. #2- if you review the data and literature, it finds lower gun violence and gun deaths in areas with tighter gun control. I don’t agree with the President on many issues, but he is right on this one. Also the fact that expanded background checks was shot down in the Senate is embarrassing.

  5. They ARE willful liars, spreading lies about the idea that the government is interested in a massive confiscation of firearms. The only people who would lose their firearms under this bill are people who have no business having them in the first place. The idea that someone should be able to sell a firearm legally to a violent felon — or terrorist wannabe — is insanity and Obama is right to call the gun nuts out on this.

  6. #7, where do you get your info? Cities like Chicago have the toughest gun control in the nation, and is a veritable shooting gallery.

    Criminals don’t care about gun control. It only affects law-abiding people.

  7. #7,

    You are a liar. Actually, the data clearly shows that where people are able to adequately defend themselves (through guns), crime and gun violence/deaths are the lowest.

  8. Law abiding gun owners are generaly not radical leftist voters.this bill was about punishing those people.as has been stated,the cities with the strictest gun laws consistently have the most gun crime.