The Free Press, Mankato, MN

January 19, 2013

Your View: Guns: A crisis not going to waste

By Howard Dittrich, North Mankato

— The phrase should give you pause, or at least cause for pause. It is truly despicable that many politicians, including our president, follow the mantra, "Never let a good crisis go to waste."

 I do not know who first wrote it but that is irrelevant to the situation we find ourselves in. Just the other day our president used the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to push forward his agenda, specifically an attempt to ban law abiding citizens from purchasing assault-type rifles.

 To exploit this tragedy and the pain felt by those involved to one's own advantage is reprehensible. Should we just look the other way, shrug our shoulders and say, "That is the price we have to pay for freedom" and do nothing? Of course not.

 This should be a time of concerted effort to identify the flaws and or holes in the system that allowed this to happen. And not just the system used to monitor gun ownership, also look at how the system failed the mentally ill shooter and ultimately his victims. Then take action to fix the system. Not an opportunity to push a personal agenda forward.

 Are you still wondering how "Never let a good crisis go to waste" fits? An assault rifle was not used during the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. Our president never told you that, did he. He is just using this tragedy to push his own agenda, shame on you President Obama.