(National Sentinel) Owned: A wounded warrior who lost part of a leg in Iraq had a poignant life lesson for Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor-turned-anti-gun advocate David Hogg that is going viral.
As of Sunday morning, the post from Derek Weida had more than 33,000 reactions and over 18,000 shares.
The post was written from the perspective of Weida “listening to David Hogg speak,” and it began with a direct piece of advice for Hogg: “Watch what you say.”
“I got shot on a house raid in Iraq. My getting shot didn’t make me a professional on war, international relations, house raids (obviously!), or guns,” he wrote, noting that in spite of the “horrible thing” that happened to him — and the feelings he had against the war in Iraq — he “didn’t come home and protest the war.”
Saying that he had “signed up to be shot at” as opposed to Parkland students, he nevertheless had a something to say about gun control — Hogg’s cause.
“It’s not a gun problem, not a people problem, it’s a culture thing,” wrote Waida. “America loves guns. Accept that just like I had to accept that America loves God. Don’t ever be so quick to tell a whoooole lot of people how to live.”
The wounded warrior also said that while no one “wants shootings of any kind,” he is “with” the anti-gun students in a way. But Weida added: “It’s not even about the gun. It’s about the freedom and the right… And you can’t win an argument against that, nor should you (In most cases).
“Yes, let’s find ways to deter those .001% of people as best we can but they’re gonna accomplish their task regardless… Most likely. I guess I just want to say don’t be so quick to talk. Don’t be so quick to think YOU are somehow the ONE person who has things figured out. You want to make a change? Cool!! But… Try to be less of a cunt about it.”
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