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sábado, 31 de marzo de 2018

Veteran Who Lost a Leg in Iraq Takes on David Hogg in Rant All of America Needs to See

On Friday, Derek Weida, a 29-year-old amputee veteran, posted a rant on Parkland survivor David Hogg to his Facebook page that is going viral.

Weida began his post by explaining that school shootings are horrible but that he has to watch what he says.

He writes:

I’m Derek, 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. This horrible thing happened to me but I didn’t come home and protest the war… Even though I do kinda have these feelings that Iraq was errr… Questionable. 😂 But it ain’t my place. I did my part.

So, I empathize with you and your peers because whereas I signed up to be shot at, none of you did. (Not exactly sure you actually got shot AT but that’s not the point here).

Now… Guns. Here’s my two cents: It’s not a gun problem, not a people problem, it’s a culture thing. Thing… Not problem. 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.

F**king NOBODY wants school shootings, mass shootings, shootings of any kind where somebody ends up injured or dead. Nobody. But people want their guns. I’m actually kinda with the anti-gun folk. There’s no need BUT! I’ve learned that the way I live and the things I believe have nothing to do with how others want to live or what they want to believe. I’m a well regulated idealist. 🤗

The people you’re arguing against… 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). The reality is humans gonna human and when humans human bad things happen sometimes but on the grand scale of things… Like 99.999% of people are good. 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 c**t about it.

Love and respect,


RANT: Accurate portrayal of me listening to David Hogg speak. Look, I’m sorry dude, sincerely. It is horrible… School…

Posted by Derek Weida on Friday, March 30, 2018

Weida served as a paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division when he was shot through the right knee during a nighttime house raid in Baghdad in 2007. According to his website, Weida was “angry, depressed, drunk, and suicidal” from 2008 to 2010, but once he had his leg amputated in 2011, he says he was “freed from the shackles” and began to thrive.

Weida has founded a nonprofit for veterans called The Next Objective, which provides grants to veterans for gym memberships, training, and event sponsoring.

“Every time I’m able to meet and empower a new veteran, that’s my biggest accomplishment,” he said.

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