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Barack Obama vents anger over 'shameful' gun control defeat

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Published on Apr 18, 2013

Bristling with anger, President Barack Obama branded the defeat of his gun reform drive in the US Senate as "shameful," and accused Senators of caving in to the powerful firearms lobby.

A deeply emotional President Obama lashed out after a bid to expand background checks for gun buyers - the last meaningful piece of his trimmed effort to reform gun laws after the Newtown school massacre - failed to pass.

Ringed by grief-stricken relatives of some of the 20 children gunned down in Connecticut in December, Mr Obama accused the firearms lobby of lying to thwart change but vowed he would not give up the fight.

The President was also incensed by claims from some conservatives that he had used relatives of victims as political props in the campaign debate.

"Do we really think thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don't have a right to weigh in on this issue?" he asked.

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