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The White House pointed toward the U.S. senators of a “shameful display of cowardice” a day after the fail of the Senate to advance with the gun control measures. President Barack Obama responded on Tuesday with tweet post saying, “Gun violence requires more than moments of silence. It requires action. In failing that test, the Senate failed the American people.” The White House press secretary Josh Earnest appeared on Monday on morning news shows and pointed out toward the Senate. “What we saw last night on the floor of the United States Senate was a shameful display of cowardice,” Earnest said.
Earnest added law-enforcement officials have concerns; individuals with possible ties to terrorism in the United States could buy weapons. “And right now there is not a law on the books that prevents those individuals from walking into a gun store and buying a gun,” Earnest said.
During the Tuesday’s briefing Earnest repeated what he already said on TV networks. “The Senate’s failure on gun violence last night is a textbook definition of cowardice.”
The Senate on Monday turned away from gun control with aim to vote on different tactic to battle domestic attacks, inspired by Islamic State group and other foreign militant groups, Reuters explained. On Wednesday, Senators should vote on legislation submitted by Senator John McCain of Arizona, which should give the Federal Bureau of Investigation ability to conduct secret surveillance in counterterrorism investigations.
Reuters says, “Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine was trying to keep gun control attempts alive.” She could introduce on Tuesday a measure for restriction on gun sales to those included on a narrow terrorism watch lists. Attempts by Democrats to introduce a broader prohibition failed on Monday. After the Senate fails to vote on broader reform to gun laws, gun control groups, promised to broaden their action, even outside the Washington D.C. Regardless, the Senate votes on Monday against the restrictions on weapons sales is a setback for those who failed to pass gun sales restrictions, despite the numerous mass shootings.