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Giffords ‘Furious’ About Senate Gun Control Defeat

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Former lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Former lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says she’s “furious” after senators on Wednesday blocked legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers.

Giffords is accusing senators who opposed new gun regulations of “cowardice,” saying their decisions are “based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association.”

The former Arizona congresswoman’s remarks were published on The New York Times’ op-ed page Wednesday. She has become a vocal gun control supporter since she was shot in the head at a rally near Tucson two years ago.

The proposal to expand background checks fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate. An attempt to ban assault-style rifles failed as well, along with a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

President Barack Obama echoed Giffords’ sentiments, calling Wednesday was a “shameful day for Washington.”

“The fact is most of these senators could not of offer any good reason why we wouldn’t want to make it harder for criminals and those with several mental illness to buy a gun,” Obama said. “There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this.”

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