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President Barack Obama arrives to participate in a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Washington, about measures to reduce gun violence. With Obama is former Rep. Gabby Giffords, left, and Mark Barden, the father of Newtown shooting victim Daniel. Photo by Associated Press/Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Speaking in the Rose Garden after today's Senate vote, President Obama used the "bully pulpit" and expressed righteous indignation about the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey background checks amendment as parents of victims of last year's
Newtown school shootings and former congresswoman Gabby Giffords looked
on. Obama: Senate background check failure 'shameful':
"I see this as just Round One," Obama said in his Rose Garden remarks.
"All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington," he said
sternly, urging backers of gun control to continue the fight.
critics who said that victims were used as "props," Obama said that
their voices and experiences should have been welcomed, adding that gun
lobbyists "willfully lied" about the consequences of the background
Some of the Newtown family members were present in the Senate gallery when the background check amendment was defeated.
who narrowly escaped death after being shot in the head in 2011, and
her husband Mark Kelly slammed senators for "ignoring the will of the
"We will use every means possible to make sure
the constituents of these senators know that their elected
representatives ignored them, and put Washington, D.C., special interest
politics over the effort to keep their own communities safer from the
tragedy of gun violence," they said in a statement.