Dear Commons Community,
Yesterday the U.S. Senate knuckled under the influence of the National Rifle Association and in a vote of 54 to 46, decided to do nothing with an amendment that would have required background checks on gun purchasers. President Barack Obama commented:
“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Obama said.
The president said the failure of the background check bill “came down to politics.” The president pinned the blame for the measures’ failure on Republicans, though five Democrats also opposed the plan.
“There are no coherent arguments for why we didn’t do this,” Obama said.
Obama’s anger was apparent during his remarks, which were given as families of Newtown shooting victims and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) — a shooting survivor — stood behind him.
“All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” Obama said.