President Obama Calls Failed Gun Control Vote “Shameful”
President Obama is fed up with opposition to reforming gun control laws, and made his feelings crystal clear during a speech today. In response to the failed vote to enforce expanded gun-buyer background checks, the president was passionate in his address, as families of Sandy Hook victims stood behind him.
Using scolding rhetoric, the commander in chief said politicians “willfully lied” about the bill, turning it into a “big brother gun registry,” to anger supporters of the 2nd Amendment. “They come from states that are strongly pro-gun,” he said. “They caved to the pressure and they started looking for any excuse. Any excuse to vote ‘no.’”
Obama further shamed the Senate for their unwillingness to approve the legislation. “There are no coherent arguments for why we didn’t do this. All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.”
He went on to promise that his administration will do “everything it can,” regarding the issue but would be able to do more if “Congress gets its act together.”
The measure was introduced by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and is partially aimed at making sure guns don’t get into the hands of the mentally ill, so as to prevent another shooting massacre like Sandy Hook.