Veteran Who Lost Leg in Iraq Pens Open Letter to David Hogg, Leaves Us Speechless

Derek Weida knows a little something about gun violence. The 29-year-old is an Iraq War veteran who lost his leg in service of his country. On Friday, Weida penned a blistering message to Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg about gun control that is making headlines.

“Look, I’m sorry dude, sincerely. It is horrible… School shootings. That said, you have to watch what you say,” Weida began.

The war veteran then launched into a lengthy — and at times profane — rant lecturing Hogg for launching a campaign against a fundamental right. Read the entire post below:

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,


Weida was shot in the knee during a 2007 combat mission in Baghdad, ultimately causing him to lose his right leg. He has since founded The Next Objective, a non-profit that is “committed to empowering our returning service members to overcome obstacles and achieve post-military success.”

Featured image via CNN Screengrab/Facebook/Derek Weida