Parkland student activist David Hogg got a life lesson from an Army veteran in a “rant” on Facebook advising the high schooler to “watch what you say.”
Derek Weida, a veteran of the 82nd Airborne, addressed Hogg in an epic Facebook post, setting the record straight for the Florida high school senior who has become the face of the anti-gun student movement following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
“I empathize with you and your peers because whereas I signed up to be shot at, none of you did,” Weida, who lost his leg when he was shot in 2007 during a mission in Iraq, wrote, explaining how one does not become an expert in something just by having experienced it.
“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,” the 29-year-old veteran wrote.
He agreed that “NOBODY” wants school shootings to occur and even admitted he’s “actually kinda with the anti-gun folk,” but quickly explained that he has learned it is best not to lecture others on how to live their lives.
“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,” Weida said.
“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),” he added.
The Army vet wrapped up his lesson by reminding Hogg that if he chooses to speak out, he should think first and then not be a jerk about it.
“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,” Weida concluded. “You want to make a change? Cool!! But… Try to be less of a c**t about it.”