(FILES) This file photo taken on June 13, 2016 shows people gather to protest gun violence and call for sensible gun laws outside the White House in Washington, DC. AFP/MOLLY RILEY
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The White House accused U.S. senators of a "shameful display of cowardice" on Tuesday and said they failed the American people by not advancing any gun control measures after the nation's largest mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, last week.Earlier, White House spokesman Josh Earnest appeared on morning television news shows excoriating the U.S. Senate for rejecting on Monday four gun bills aimed at keeping firearms away from people with suspected ties to militants.After Monday's votes, the Senate turned away from gun control, at least temporarily, to debate a different tactic for battling domestic attacks that could be inspired by ISIS and other foreign militant groups.The Senate votes against the measures restricting gun sales were a bitter setback to advocates who have failed to get even modest gun curbs through Congress despite repeated mass shootings.The gun control measures lost in largely party-line votes that showed the political power in Congress of gun rights defenders and the NRA.
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