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Obama says Senate ‘failed the American people’ on gun control measures

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest slams Republicans over failed gun vote
WATCH ABOVE: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday slammed Republicans for what he called was "cowardice" on their behalf for not voting against the loophole that allows those with suspected terror ties to purchase high powered weaponry.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is denouncing the Senate’s failure to pass gun control measures in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Obama says on Twitter that the Senate failed the American people and that gun violence requires more than moment of silence. The White House has said previously that tweets from his account are from Obama himself.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the vote is a “a shameful display of cowardice” He told CNN on Tuesday that the Republican-led chamber’s blocking of four gun control proposals Monday does nothing to keep extremists from acquiring guns.

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‘We will occupy this floor’: 3 dozen Democrats stage sit-in over gun control vote
‘We will occupy this floor’: 3 dozen Democrats stage sit-in over gun control vote

Earnest said lawmakers lament gun violence but “don’t do anything about it.” He said that while no bill can prevent all gun violence, “why wouldn’t we do more?”

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