Big blow to Obama's gun pledge

President Barack Obama has suffered a large setback in his bid to curb gun violence in the America after the US Senate failed to reach the 60 votes needed to pass a plan to expand background checks for firearms.

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'Furious' Giffords attacks senators over gun vote

Gabby Giffords joined President Obama in condemning senators who voted against gun reform measures. Credit: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Gabrielle Giffords, the US congresswoman who was shot in the head in an attack at an Arizona supermarket, has hit out at the 46 senators who voted against gun control reform measures.

Writing in The New York Times, Ms Giffords said: "Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious."

The former representative now walks with a limp as a result of the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson that left six people dead.

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