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.”

That’s the way a letter detailing a soldier’s experience during last week’s Fort Hood massacre begins.

The letter, which Cook posted to Facebook Monday night, provides the gripping and tragic account of Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson’s final moments in which he sacrificed himself to save his fellow soldiers.

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“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,” Cook wrote. “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.”

Image source: Facebook

Image source: Facebook

Cook then used the letter to call for the repeal of regulations that disarm military personnel on military bases.

“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,” he wrote. “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,” the letter continued. “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.”

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“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,” he wrote. “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,” the letter said. “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.”

Cook’s letter was read by Christopher Coleman, a member of the Texas Army National Guard, during a Texas State Senate hearing Monday.

Cook could not immediately be reached for comment. His father, however, was reached by phone and commended Ferguson’s actions as heroic.

Since being posted online, Cook’s letter has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook.

[H/T TheBlaze]

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Eric Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts.

When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations.

“I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe,” he said.

“By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”

“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis,” Holder said.

The Justice Department has requested $382.1 million in increased spending for its fiscal year 2014 budget for “gun safety.”

Included in the proposal is $2 million for “Gun Safety Technology” grants, which would award prizes for technologies that are “proven to be reliable and effective.”

President Barack Obama’s budget proposal also calls for $1.1 billion to “protect Americans from gun violence—including $182 million to support the president’s ‘Now is the Time’ gun safety initiative.”

A recent innovation allows a gun owner to only unlock a safe with a fingerprint scan and an “RFID-equipped bracelet.”

Others have suggested manufacturing GPS tracking and RFID chips into every gun. RFID chips transmit location data and are used by law enforcement agencies to send automatic alerts if a weapon moves away from the tracker, indicating that the gun is lost or stolen.

[H/T The Washington Free Beacon]


Top 5 Crackdowns on Conservatives’ Internet Free Speech

On Thursday, CEO Brendan Eich of Mozilla was forced out of his job thanks to his $1,000 donation to the Proposition 8 pro-traditional marriage effort in California in 2008. At that point, he held the exact same position as Barack Obama on traditional marriage. Now, that position has soured in the nostrils of the militant left, which seeks to ruin the lives of those with whom it disagrees.

Mozilla’s cave-in to the militants over at OKCupid, a dating site that labeled Eich one of its “enemies” thanks to his position, represents just the latest assault on conservatives in the online space. It’s not illegal for Mozilla to dump Eich nor for OKCupid to call for that ouster – nor should it be – but it is certainly wrong, and in violation of basic principles of free speech that the internet is supposed to guarantee. It is purely Orwellian that Mozilla’s response to Eich’s resignation suggested that ensuring “equality and free speech” led to that resignation.

Unfortunately, such crackdowns on free speech principles have become all too common among members of the leftist online community. Here are the top five examples:

Google Adsense Shuts Down WorldNetDaily. On February 6, Google Adsense notified WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah that it would be cancelling WND’s account thanks to a “policy violation email this morning regarding negative/hate speech particularly with the repeated references to ‘black mobs,’ although I don’t know that this is specifically what it’s limited to.” Farah told Breitbart News that Google explained, “The reviewers cited a number articles [sic] with usage of this term specifically and in general asks that no ad code is placed on articles containing hate/anti or sensitive content as this is against Adsense policies and does not provide a good experience for users and advertisers.”

WND’s sin: covering the so-called “knockout game” phenomenon, in which black youths attacked and beat white and Jewish passersby. The phenomenon received national media attention. Apparently observing the race of those participating in the game was enough to put WND on Google Adsense’s banned list.

Kickstarter Shuts Down Campaign to Raise Money for Gosnell Film. This week, Kickstarter informed filmmakers Phelim McAleer and his wife Ann McElhinney that it would not allow them to use purely factual language in their attempt to raise $2.1 million for a movie about mass killer abortionist Kermit Gosnell. McAleer explained:

They asked us to remove the descriptions of a serial killer committing his crimes, but in the Belle Gunness [Kickstarter] project they allowed a picture of a dead body on the project page. In addition Kickstarter has hosted and promoted 16 projects about stabbing. Kickstarter has also hosted 5 projects about incest, one project with the “C” word in the project description, 44 projects about rape and 28 projects with the word F**k or F**king in the title. Some of these projects were based on true stories, some were works of fiction, but all were allowed onto Kickstarter.

Kickstarter gave in but maintained that they could remove the project at any time, even after the donation campaign began. McAleer and McElhinney decided instead to move to indiegogo.com for their project.

Facebook Cracks Down on Gun Photos, Anti-Obama Messages. Earlier last month, VentureBeat reported that Facebook could announce new policies designed to crack down on gun-related fanpages. Sources told VentureBeat, “Talks are progressing [between Facebook and Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action]. The discussions are ongoing; there have been positive developments.”

In October 2012, Facebook shut down the page of a group called Special Operations Speaks after they posted a meme reading, “Obama called the SEALs and THEY got bin Laden. When the SEALs called Obama, THEY GOT DENIED.” The meme received 30,000 shares… until Facebook blocked it. First, Facebook warned the group; then Facebook sent a message: “We removed content you posted. We removed the content you posted or were admin of because it violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.” Facebook later apologized.

Instagram Deletes Gun Posts. Facebook and Instagram announced in early March that it would delete all posts offering to buy or sell guns without a background check, as well as banning users 18 and under from viewing gun offers. Facebook also deleted a photo of a 6-month-old child with a bolt-action rifle across her lap.

Twitter Gulag for Conservatives. This one is a rumor, but a widespread one: many conservatives have complained of their accounts being suspended from Twitter. In fact, it’s been termed entering the “Twitter gulag.” Twitchy has detailed this practice and how to avoid being suspended here.

Again, all of this activity is legal. The question is one of appropriateness. For a group of leftists who prize themselves on the primacy of the open internet to target political opposition is hypocritical at best, and nasty at worst.


[H/T Breitbart]


EXCLUSIVE: NJ Gun Rights Proponents Reach Out to Colorado Recall Organizers

With numerous new guns laws put in place in New Jersey last year and even more gun control being pushed right now, gun rights proponents in the state are reaching out to Colorado recall organizers.

On September 10, 2013, Coloradans successfully recalled state senators John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) over their support of draconian gun control measures.

Breitbart News spoke with Official Colorado Recall Spokeswoman Jennifer Kerns on March 18. She said organizers in New Jersey have begun inquiring about the structure of those recalls as they consider organizing their own.

She said they have spoken with Colorado Recall founder Tim Knight, “who gave them advice and a road map, of sorts, of what they can expect to face.”

For all the differences between Colorado and New Jersey, Kerns said there are numerous similarities–including the fact that one of the biggest proponents of gun control in NJ is senate president Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester). One of the biggest proponents of gun control in CO was senate president John Morse, whom Coloradans successfully recalled last year.

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[H/T Breitbart]