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But I want it

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

While checking out at the grocery store recently, there was a young mother with her child who sat in the cart, crying crocodile tears and saying, “But I want it!” over and over.

She wanted a candy bar, but was told “no” many times. This didn’t dissuade the child, and all the way out the door, she screamed that same thing.

The bipartisan Senate rejected a gun control bill recently in part because they realized that most Americans didn’t approve of it. Our president showed anger at not getting his way and said many inflammatory things. He claimed pro-gun advocates “lied” and that it was a “shameful day” in Washington.

I agree, it was a shameful day, but not for the reasons he cited. It is indeed shameful when a president throws a fit about our legislative system working the way it should. This is a government “by the people” and regardless of his claim of 90 percent supporting the bill, it was obvious that his statistic wasn’t true.

We’ve seen this before in our president. When he doesn’t get his way, he has a tantrum, and I think that it’s unbecoming for our leader to act in this fashion. He promised that the fight isn’t over so we’ll waste more time and resources trying to pass a bill that won’t stop gun crime just so he can have his way.

Take heart, Mr. President. Maybe if you’re really good, we’ll buy you a candy bar.

Mark Rehorst


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