President Obama speaks at a memorial service for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. CBS Photo
Associated Press Release
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the Senate's opposition to a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers marks a "shameful day" in Washington. He says a minority of senators decided "it wasn't worth it" to protect the nation's children.
Obama spoke in the Rose Garden shortly after the Senate vote. It marked a major blow to the gun control push Obama started in the wake of December's shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.
The president pinned the blame for the measures failure, though five Democrats also opposed the plan.
Obama was introduced by the father of a 7-year-old killed in the shooting. Other families joined him in the Rose Garden, along with former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011.
Associated Press Release
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on reducing gun violence Wednesday after a vote to expand background checks failed in the Senate.
The Senate vote was a major blow to Obama's push on gun control. Expanding background checks was the focal point of Obama's proposals drafted after the December shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Vice President Joe Biden said just before the vote that tighter gun control measures will eventually pass, suggesting the White House wouldn't abandon its push even though the vote appeared headed toward failure.
A majority of senators backed the measure, but it fell well short of the 60 votes needed to advance. Forty-one Republicans and five Democrats sided together to scuttle the plan.
Tallahassee, FL-December 19, 2012
President Barrack Obama is calling for reforms to curb gun violence in the wake of the tragic Connecticut elementary school shooting.
The President addressed the nation Wednesday afternoon.
In his speech, the President asked Congress to re-instate the assault weapons ban, in addition to asking for stricter background checks and a limit on high-capacity clips.
Some gun owners say they hope law makers weigh their rights to own guns with the good of laws they are considering.
"I don't think feel good laws are going to help. They're going to negatively impact law abiding citizens. Yet anyone would agree that something that would actually does some good would be very welcomed," says Mark Folmar of Folmar's Pawn Shop.
Folmar says the best thing that can be done is enforcing the laws already in place and having people abide by them.
He does suggest possibly adding harsher restrictions to keep firearms out of the hands of convicted felons could help.