Read the Powerful Letter a Fort Hood Solider Penned Asking for His ‘God-Given Right’ to Arm Himself on Base

My name is First Lieutenant Patrick Cook of the 49th Transportation Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, and this past Wednesday I found myself trapped in an enclosed room with fourteen of my fellow Soldiers, one of whom was barricading the door against a madman with a .45 pistol when he was fatally shot.
Through what I can only describe as a miracle, he somehow found enough strength to continue pushing against that door until the shooter gave up and went elsewhere, at which time he collapsed, Nearly a week later, I can still taste his blood in my mouth from when I and my comrades breathed into his lungs for 20 long minutes while we waited for a response from the authorities. This Soldier’s name was Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson, and his sacrifice loaned me the rest of my life to tell this story.
But I write to you today not to memorialize this brave Soldier, nor to tell a war story about how we made the best of a losing situation, but to express the part of that story that some in high positions of power clearly do not want told: I knew this was going to happen, I had been saying for five years that Fort Hood was a tinderbox of another massacre waiting to happen. It had to happen, because our betters failed to learn the obvious lesson of five years ago. Worse yet, I know it will happen again. More will die, more will be wounded, more families will be torn apart, needlessly. It happened again, and will happen again, because Fort Hood is a gun free zone.
When the first shots rang out, my hand reached to my belt for something that wasn’t there. Something that could have put a stop to the bloodshed, could have made it merely an ‘ugly incident’ instead of the horrific massacre that I will surely remember as the darkest twenty minutes of my life, stripped of my God-given Right to arm myself, the only defensive posture I had left was to lie prostrate on the ground, and wait to die. As the shooter kicked at the door, I remember telling myself, ‘oh well, this is it.’ It is beneath human dignity to experience the utter helplessness I felt that day. I cannot abide the thought that anyone should ever feel that again.
At the point blank range at which this shooting occurred, anyone with an M9 and some basic instruction could have ended the mayhem as quickly as it began, an MP by trade and a CHL holder, I am convinced that concealed weapons would have stopped it, but openly carried side-arms, like the ones carried in a law enforcement capacity, could have prevented it entirely. Instead, many more died because of the fatally misguided restrictions on the carrying of arms, which obviously the madman did not respect.
I shall conclude by restating my warning. This will happen again, and again until we learn the lesson that suppressing the bearing of arms doesn’t prevent horrific crimes, it invites them. To those of you who hold elected office, if you hear nothing else I have told you, hear this: you have the power to stop the next massacre from happening, you have an opportunity to restore the sacred Right to bear arms, which has been either stripped entirely or unjustly relegated to the poor substitute of a probationary, government-issued privilege. For God’s sake, do the right thing.

Read the Powerful Letter a Fort Hood Solider Penned Asking for His ‘God-Given Right’ to Arm Himself on Base

My name is First Lieutenant Patrick Cook of the 49th Transportation Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, and this past Wednesday I found myself trapped in an enclosed room with fourteen of my fellow Soldiers, one of whom was barricading the door against a madman with a .45 pistol when he was fatally shot.

Through what I can only describe as a miracle, he somehow found enough strength to continue pushing against that door until the shooter gave up and went elsewhere, at which time he collapsed, Nearly a week later, I can still taste his blood in my mouth from when I and my comrades breathed into his lungs for 20 long minutes while we waited for a response from the authorities. This Soldier’s name was Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson, and his sacrifice loaned me the rest of my life to tell this story.

But I write to you today not to memorialize this brave Soldier, nor to tell a war story about how we made the best of a losing situation, but to express the part of that story that some in high positions of power clearly do not want told: I knew this was going to happen, I had been saying for five years that Fort Hood was a tinderbox of another massacre waiting to happen. It had to happen, because our betters failed to learn the obvious lesson of five years ago. Worse yet, I know it will happen again. More will die, more will be wounded, more families will be torn apart, needlessly. It happened again, and will happen again, because Fort Hood is a gun free zone.

When the first shots rang out, my hand reached to my belt for something that wasn’t there. Something that could have put a stop to the bloodshed, could have made it merely an ‘ugly incident’ instead of the horrific massacre that I will surely remember as the darkest twenty minutes of my life, stripped of my God-given Right to arm myself, the only defensive posture I had left was to lie prostrate on the ground, and wait to die. As the shooter kicked at the door, I remember telling myself, ‘oh well, this is it.’ It is beneath human dignity to experience the utter helplessness I felt that day. I cannot abide the thought that anyone should ever feel that again.

At the point blank range at which this shooting occurred, anyone with an M9 and some basic instruction could have ended the mayhem as quickly as it began, an MP by trade and a CHL holder, I am convinced that concealed weapons would have stopped it, but openly carried side-arms, like the ones carried in a law enforcement capacity, could have prevented it entirely. Instead, many more died because of the fatally misguided restrictions on the carrying of arms, which obviously the madman did not respect.

I shall conclude by restating my warning. This will happen again, and again until we learn the lesson that suppressing the bearing of arms doesn’t prevent horrific crimes, it invites them. To those of you who hold elected office, if you hear nothing else I have told you, hear this: you have the power to stop the next massacre from happening, you have an opportunity to restore the sacred Right to bear arms, which has been either stripped entirely or unjustly relegated to the poor substitute of a probationary, government-issued privilege. For God’s sake, do the right thing.

Suspect in today’s Pennsylvania school stabbing.

Suspect in today’s Pennsylvania school stabbing.

At Least 20 Injured After Mass Stabbing at Pennsylvania High School
20 individuals were injured following a mass stabbing Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania, a local public safety official said. Multiple medical helicopters were dispatched to the school and airlifted patients to the hospital. Police say the scene is now secure and a suspect is in custody.
At least 7 students have life threatening injuries. The suspect is said to be a student.

At Least 20 Injured After Mass Stabbing at Pennsylvania High School

20 individuals were injured following a mass stabbing Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania, a local public safety official said. Multiple medical helicopters were dispatched to the school and airlifted patients to the hospital. Police say the scene is now secure and a suspect is in custody.

At least 7 students have life threatening injuries. The suspect is said to be a student.

basedheisenberg:

Active duty military members are forbidden from being armed while on domestic bases. This includes Fort Hood.
Unless they’re on the firing range, or are MPs, they’re not armed. Fort Hood allows for conditional concealed carry on the base- on the basis that they cannot be conducting official activity on the grounds of the installation while carrying.
This is thanks to Bill Clinton- and as such, military bases are essentially gun free zones.This same point was brought up the last time there was a shooting at Fort Hood, and many times since then, which gun control activists have cognitively dissonanced out of their minds for “muh common sense”.
Shitty cartoon logic is shitty.


I would laugh at the OP’s pure ignorance if the matter at hand wasn’t so serious. Disinformation at it’s best right here.

basedheisenberg:

Active duty military members are forbidden from being armed while on domestic bases. This includes Fort Hood.

Unless they’re on the firing range, or are MPs, they’re not armed. Fort Hood allows for conditional concealed carry on the base- on the basis that they cannot be conducting official activity on the grounds of the installation while carrying.

This is thanks to Bill Clinton- and as such, military bases are essentially gun free zones.This same point was brought up the last time there was a shooting at Fort Hood, and many times since then, which gun control activists have cognitively dissonanced out of their minds for “muh common sense”.

Shitty cartoon logic is shitty.

I would laugh at the OP’s pure ignorance if the matter at hand wasn’t so serious. Disinformation at it’s best right here.

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Spc. Ivan Lopez, the Ft. Hood gunman.

Spc. Ivan Lopez, the Ft. Hood gunman.

asker

Anonymous asked: Use of substances deemed "illegal" by the government, speeding, certain cases of "tresspassing", amongst other things are victimless crimes; you fucking ignorant twat. Ask Kelly Thomas what a victimless crime is, you deluded sack of shit.

Again, using vulgarities will totally win the debate for you. Keep doing it. 

Like I said, drug use is not a victimless crime. If a drug addict only hurt themselves, this might actually fit the bill. The problem is that they hurt their families, steal, rob and do other crimes to fund their drug habit. I’ve lived through dealing with a family member on drugs, it is definitely NOT a victimless crime. Marijuana is still on the fence, time will tell.

Speed limits protect the public. There are countless cases of people speeding and driving recklessly, losing control, and killing innocent people. Not very victimless.

Trespassing is when you go onto another person’s property without their consent. The fact that the land owner does not want you there implies there is a victim: The owner.

Kelly Thomas was a mentally ill man who had the police called on him for vandalizing cars. When confronted, he resisted arrest and assaulted several officers. Now, with that said, he did commit a crime and there was a victim. Your attempt to equate his death at the hands of an over-zealous cop who should be charged with a minimum of manslaughter is laughable in the confines of the topic at hand.

You keep using that “keen” intellect of yours. You’ll get sooo far in life with it. 

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