TODAY   |  April 18, 2013

Obama: The gun lobby ‘willfully lied’

President Obama spoke passionately yesterday about the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks, saying “too many senators failed.” NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>> to the fallout over the major defeat of tough new gun control legislation. natalie 's back with that story.

>> good morning again, savannah. a senate measure calling for the expanded background checks has failed. nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has been following the latest. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, natalie . senators will be back to work on gun-related legislation today, but we have already seen the assault weapons ban and limits on high-capacity ammunitions defeated as well as that background check which was thought to be the most politically doable. the president says this is just round one.

>> reporter: surrounding the president in the rose garden , the first words about what comes next belong to the father of a young boy taken in newtown.

>> we will always be here because we have no other choice. we are not going away.

>> gaby giffords said many senators chose powerful gun groups over their constituents.

>> the gun lobby and its allies lied about the bill.

>> reporter: furious, president obama said the bill did not harm gun rights .

>> this legislation met that test. and too many senators failed theirs.

>> more anger erupted when a woman shouted at senators, shame on you. most republicans and four democrats from states with high gun ownership voted against expanding background checks .

>> criminals do not submit to background checks now. they will not submit to expanded background checks .

>> the way to stop violent crime is to stop violent criminals.

>> reporter: the politics was about more than gun rights . a bipartisan group of senators will roll out immigration reform . joe manchin who fought hard to get enough votes on background checks found that with two politically hard votes, some senators chose immigration over guns.

>> if you're looking at it and trying to evaluate it, they're saying maybe immigration and maybe guns on top of that might be too much for me to go home and explain.

>> and many of the senators who did vote no told me they'd heard from their constituents they didn't want to see changes to gun-related laws. it was a politically difficult vote and there will be considerable fallout. certainly the president is saying that people who aren't happy with it should contact congress. natalie ?

>> kelly o'donnell on capitol hill this morning, thank you.