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Obama on Senate gun vote: 'A shameful day'

7:41 PM, Apr. 17, 2013
President Barack Obama arrives to participate in a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, in Washington, about measures to reduce gun violence. With tObama is former Rep. Gabby Giffords, left, and Mark Barden, the father of Newtown shooting victim Daniel.
President Barack Obama arrives to participate in a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, in Washington, about measures to reduce gun violence. With tObama is former Rep. Gabby Giffords, left, and Mark Barden, the father of Newtown shooting victim Daniel.
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WASHINGTON -- An angry President Obama criticized a minority of the Senate on Wednesday for helping defeat a proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases.

"It came down to politics -- the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections," Obama said in the Rose Garden. "All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington."

Obama was introduced by Mark Barden, whose son, Daniel, was among the 20 children and six adults killed Dec. 14 in a gun massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Besides other Newtown families, Obama was ...

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