Fort Hood Survivor on Shooting: “Concealed Weapons Would Have Stopped It”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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“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.”

This is the letter that every gun free zone supporter should be sat down and made to read.

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

 

  • NAHALKIDES

    Democrat after Democrat should be hauled up before inquiring journalists, if any can be found, and made to answer Lt. Cook’s explanation of why gun-free zones will never work and why Democrats continue to support them.

    • glpage

      What’s an inquiring journalist? I haven’t heard that phrase in ages. Does it apply to anyone anymore?

      • Gee

        Not since Odumba has been in office

      • NAHALKIDES

        It certainly doesn’t apply to anyone in the mainstream media.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Amen to all that.

  • JackSpratt

    And by the same token, wars are encouraged and started by appeasement and weakness. Bill Klinton spent 8 years appeasing and emboldening the Islamofascist terrorists. And Karter, Klinton and Obongo all worked to decimate the military.

  • tickletik

    He doesn’t get it. LEFTISTS HATE EVERYBODY. Leftism is the manifestation of internal hatred and suppressed rage. What happened at Fort Hood is precisely the unconscious (and with some people conscious desire). For those who unconsciously derive pleasure and joy of a strong happy person broken down into a position of utter helplessness and humiliation, maybe maybe this letter might apart a moment of their conscience. But don’t bet on it, because the miserable little leftist will rationalize any such pangs away.

    You see it feels really good to tear down another human being. When one is filled with self loathing and contempt, when one is internally weak because everything has been handed to her, when she knows she has zero impulse control and that as a human being she is effectively a child, well then ripping to pieces a strong person is a way of expressing power. And that is addictive.

    Expect more and more of this cruelty and evil. When will it stop? WHEN YOU WEAK MORONS FIND YOUR BALLS AND MAKE IT STOP.

  • Gee

    I have noticed that in every mass shooting in America has happened in “Gun Free Zones”. Somehow they seem to be magnet for criminals – and I think I know why

  • MidSouthMitch

    I’ve noticed that police stations/Sheriff’s offices, gun shops, gun shows, etc. haven’t been the target of any mass-execution shooters. Hmmm…

    Just a reminder: The largest mass murders in US history have NOT involved guns.

  • glpage

    First off, I have a feeling Lt. Cook’s military career will soon come to an end. The politically correct generals Obama and Hagel have running the Pentagon will not respond well to this brave man’s words.

    Secondly, most folks in the military tend to be a bit conservative, the very sort of people Obama and his clown crew do not want having guns.