President Obama on Wednesday used a press conference in the Rose Garden to excoriate the National Rifle Association, following the defeat of an amendment in the Senate to expand background checks for gun buyers. Visibly angry and frustrated, Obama said the gun lobby "willfully lied" about the measure, which is the most modest of the three main proposals the White House has put forth to reduce gun violence in America.
Citing polls showing 90 percent support for universal background checks, Obama said the NRA's deceitfulness scared senators into voting against what had been painted as a Big Brother-style gun registry.
"There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this," Obama claimed. "It came down to politics."
Obama also had some tough words for Congress. "All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington."
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