President Obama pointed the finger at a gun lobby that “willfully lied” to the American people for today’s defeat of gun-control legislation.
Lawmakers did not emerge from the presidents remarks unscathed, either. Speaking from the Rose Garden, the president accused those who voted against the Toomey-Manchin compromise, which was defeated by a 54-46 margin, of caving to the ”pressure” of special interests. “All in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” he said.
The president also vowed to continue the fight. “This is just round one,” he reassured onlookers, including some of the families who lost children in December’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., and who, in recent weeks, have lobbied Congress for the passage of stricter gun legislation. Many of them, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, wiped away tears
The White House campaigned aggresively for the bills defeated today, with the president making special visits to Connecticut and Colorado, states that recently passed stringent gun-control measures in response to the Newtown massacre.
“Sooner or later we are going to get this right,” the president promised.