- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A soldier who survived the gruesome murders at Fort Hood last week penned a letter to Texas lawmakers on Monday, urging them to prevent another tragedy from happening again by allowing soldiers to carry personal firearms on base.

“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,” writes 1st Lieutenant Patrick Cook of the 49th Transportation Battalion, who witnessed the massacre firsthand.

“[T]his 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,” Mr. Cook wrote, The Blaze first reported.


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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. 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.”

Mr. Cook described the “utter helplessness” he felt that night when he reached for his belt “for something that wasn’t there.”

“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,” he said.

The soldier said that another massacre is inevitable if things don’t change.

“It happened again, and will happen again, because Fort Hood is a gun free zone,” he said. “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. 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.”

The letter was read Monday at the Texas Senate committee on Constitutional Carry, Mr. Cook said on Facebook.