Army veteran Derek Weida delivered an epic message to David Hogg in a Facebook rant on Friday, dishing out some wisdom the high school senior could take to heart.
Weida is a 29-year-old veteran of the 82nd Airborn who lost his leg after he was shot during a mission in Iraq in 2007. Now, Weida is a social media personality and fitness guru.
What did Weida say?
Weida began by explaining that certain experiences don’t make you an expert in what you experienced. For example, Weida noted that he’s no expert in war, guns or house raids, despite the fact he served in the military and went to war.
“So, I empathize with you and your peers because whereas I signed up to be shot at, none of you did,” Weida wrote.
“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,” he added.
Weida even admitted he’s “actually kinda with the anti-gun folk,” but wrote that he’s learned a valuable lesson in life: it’s not wise to tell others how to live.
“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 explained.
In the end, Weida told Hogg it’s wise to think before you speak, and if you do speak, to not be a jerk.
“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,” he wrote.