President Obama: Senate ‘Failed’ Americans On Gun Control
(ABC News) – President Obama blasted the Senate for blocking four votes on gun control measures, considered in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured.
In a presidential tweet, Obama expressed his frustration.
Gun violence requires more than moments of silence. It requires action. In failing that test, the Senate failed the American people.
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 21, 2016
One doomed measure would have closed the so-called “gun show loophole” by requiring background checks on gun purchasers at gun shows and on the internet.
Another failed attempt would have blocked the sale of guns to people on the terrorist watch list for 72 hours while the government tries to prove, via the court system, that the person is actually a terrorist threat.
A third measure would have barred anyone on the terrorist watch list from buying a gun, while a fourth would have increased the resources available to prosecutors for violators of gun laws.
All tweets from the @POTUS account are personally sent by President Obama. Today’s tweet marks just the 259th tweet the president has crafted from that account since it was launched May 18, 2015. @POTUS has about 8.5 million followers.