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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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Soldier’s Plea: We Need Firearms on Bases!

A major shooting Wednesday at Fort Hood in Texas, the second in less than five years, already is prompting calls to allow soldiers to be armed on military bases in the U.S.

One of the many urging change is an active-duty master sergeant at Fort Hood who also is president of the board for Open Carry Texas, which was organized to educate Texans about their right to openly carry rifles and shotguns in a safe manner.

Present Department of Defense regulations generally prohibit soldiers from being armed on military installations unless they are part of an official security or police detail.

But Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham pointed out in a WND commentary Thursday that there have been nearly two dozen shootings at military bases since the policy went into effect, including the 2009 attack at the same Texas post that killed 14 people, including an unborn baby. Maj. Nidal Hasan reportedly launched the attack with a shout of “Allahu akbar,” or “Allah is supreme.”

Grisham pointed out that all of the shootings took place in “gun-free zones.”

“Every single one of these shootings happened at a place where the very people trained to deal with armed attackers were defenseless against an armed attacker,” he said.

Grisham acknowledged that no one “can say for certain these incidents would disappear were soldiers allowed to carry personal firearms.”

“However, it can be said with a certainty that any future tragedy will be executed unopposed as long as soldiers are not at least given the opportunity to defend themselves,” he argued. “There’s a saying that it’s better to have a gun and not need it, than not have a gun and need it.”

He noted the calls to allow soldiers to carry weapons on bases typically come after a shooting.

Read the full commentary by C.J. Grisham here.

“After every one of these tragedies, we as a nation wring our collective hands trying to figure out what went wrong and how to prevent the next shooting. And each time, the simple idea of allowing troops to carry concealed firearms never seems to cross our minds. Why not?”

Others on Thursday were asking the same question.

“When our soldiers are unarmed, they will find themselves in a situation like yesterday and in 2009,” Sgt. Howard Ray told Fox News. He survived the 2009 shooting by Hasan, who was convicted and sentenced to death.

The Fox News report also noted that Army Secretary John McHugh said such violence is a “threat across the entire Army.”

The alleged shooter, Army Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, had been under treatment but had yet to be diagnosed officially with PTSD.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the rules need changing.

“We need to harden our military bases so this can’t happen, and one possible way to do that isi to allow our veterans and active-duty military … to carry weapons,” he told Fox News.

“I guarantee if they had … they could have stopped this guy almost immediately.”

Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot seven times by Hasan in 2009, told Fox News that being allowed to carry a weapon on the military post is a deterrent.

Grisham noted that the worst shootings in the nation have happened at “gun-free zones” – the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting that killed 26, the Columbine shooting in 1999 that left another dozen dead and the Virginia Tech shooting that killed 32.

His beliefs about gun control were formed when he was in school, because of the Luby’s massacre in Killeen, Texas, in which 23 people were killed.

“Originally hailing from Temple, Texas, the Luby’s shooting hit home for me. I was only in high school at the time, but recognizing that a member of my family could have been in that restaurant on Oct. 16, 1991, I was acutely aware of the impact that shooting had on my stance on gun control,” he said.

In Wednesday’s shooting, Lopez allegedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

President Obama took a few minutes from his current fundraising trip to comment.

“Any shooting is troubling. Obviously this reopens the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago. … We’re heartbroken that something like this might have happened again. … The folks there have sacrificed so much on behalf of our freedom. Many of the people there have been on multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. They serve with valor; they serve with distinction. And when they’re at their home base they need to feel safe. We don’t yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again. And we’re going to have to find out exactly what happened.”

The motive of the latest shooting remain unclear, but the government declared that Hasan’s murder spree was “workplace violence.”

Hasan claimed he was acting to protect Islamic insurgents from American aggression, and emails he had been exchanging with terrorists eventually were uncovered.

The worst shooting toll to date has been the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, when Seung-Hui Cho, a senior, killed 32 and wounded another 17. Cho previously had been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder, but state rules there allowed him to purchase weapons. Campus rules prohibited weapons, however.

Grisham noted that “right this second, virtually every soldiers in Afghanistan is carrying a loaded weapon.”

“Yet, in spite of the prevalence of firearms in the hands of nearly every single troop in a stressful combat environment, the existence of fratricide is practically non-existent,” he said.

Grisham said it would be “the height of hypocrisy to suggest that soldiers are more or less capable of managing their emotions with a firearm in one environment over another.”

“The fact remains that in spite of the 1993 regulation and policy [against being armed], service members are carrying guns onto military installations and killing unarmed victims; victims that may have had a chance to live if they were permitted an opportunity to defend themselves,” he said.

“How many more of my brothers and sisters must die before we, as a nation, wake up and put an end to these ironically titled ‘gun free zones’?! How many more examples of innocent, unarmed citizens being slaughtered by men with evil intent must we endure? Why do we disarm the very people who are the most well-trained in the use of firearms in defensive and offensive situations?”

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[H/T WND]

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Obama Said He Will “Get To The Bottom” Of New Fort Hood Shooting Like Benghazi

(Weasel Zippers) — Obama gave a statement on the Fort Hood shooting. In the statement he said he “would get to the bottom of the shooting”. Jester, our anti-Jihadi cyber hero friend, encapsulates what many feel about that promise.

  1. Obama on Ft. Hood: “I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.” (Like Benghazi you mean?)

    .From the President who called the first Fort Hood shooting, “workplace violence”, which meant that he could continue his fiction that somehow he had terrorism “on the defeat”(whatever that ever meant). Also in so classing the terroristic attack, he denied proper benefits to the victims and their families. For this alone, he justifiably should be excoriated.

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[H/T GOPTheDailyDose]

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Obama Said He Will “Get To The Bottom” Of New Fort Hood Shooting Like Benghazi

(Weasel Zippers) — Obama gave a statement on the Fort Hood shooting. In the statement he said he “would get to the bottom of the shooting”. Jester, our anti-Jihadi cyber hero friend, encapsulates what many feel about that promise.

  1. Obama on Ft. Hood: “I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.” (Like Benghazi you mean?)

    .From the President who called the first Fort Hood shooting, “workplace violence”, which meant that he could continue his fiction that somehow he had terrorism “on the defeat”(whatever that ever meant). Also in so classing the terroristic attack, he denied proper benefits to the victims and their families. For this alone, he justifiably should be excoriated.

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[H/T GOPTheDailyDose]