In 2009 Islamist killer Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others at Fort Hood Texas.
Fort Hood was a gun-free zone.
Hasan reportedly screamed, “Allahu Akbar!” as he committed his mass murder.
Barack Obama termed this Islamic terrorist attack – workplace violence.
After the first mass killing nothing changed. Fort Hood is still a gun-free zone. President Bill Clinton’s gun-free policies are still in place.
Last week there was another mass shooting at Fort Hood.
Soldiers were told to take cover and hide like cowards as a crazed gunman shot at least 14 Americans on base.
The shooter, Ivan Lopez, then shot himself in the head when he was confronted by a female security guard with a gun.
Tribute: First Lieutenant Patrick Cook (left) posted his open letter onto Facebook on Monday night in which he praised Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson (right) and was deeply critical of authorities who insist on keeping military bases weapons-free zones. (Daily Mail)
On Monday First Lt. Patrick Cook, who was saved by a fellow soldier last week, penned a powerful letter after the shooting.
The Daily Mail reported:
In a powerful, open-letter a soldier whose life was saved by a brave colleague during the Fort Hood shooting has described the desperate attempts of his fellow brothers-in-arms to resuscitate him after he had been fatally wounded.
In the letter posted to Facebook, First Lieutenant Patrick Cook hails the ultimate sacrifice of Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson as he barricaded closed a door that wouldn’t lock – crucially keeping shooter Spc. Ivan Lopez outside.
In one horrific passage, Cook recalls how one week on he can still ‘taste the blood’ of Ferguson in his mouth only to then rage and demand the ‘God-given-right’ for soldiers to be armed on base to prevent another massacre happening again.
Here is First Lt. Patrick Cook’s Facebook post:
My letter to Congress, read today at Texas Senate committee on Constitutional Carry. It is now public record.
To my friends, fellow Texans, brothers in arms, members of the committee, and everyone within the sound of my voice, greetings.
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.
Read the rest here.
Let’s hope politicians have the courage to do the right thing and end gun-free zones on military bases.