After living through the deadliest mass shooting in US history, country music performer Caleb Keeter said he has changed his mind on the issue of gun control.
Keeter is a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, which was one of the many country groups and artists performing at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas last weekend. Keeter, who performs with a Texas-based band, says he has long been a supporter of the Second Amendment, but after last night’s violence in which at least 58 people lost their lives, he changed his mind.
“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with [Concealed Handgun Licenses], and legal firearms on the bus,” Keeter wrote. “They were useless,” said Keeter in a tweet.
The rest of his statement went as follows:
“We couldn’t touch them for fear police might think we were part of the massacre and shoot us. A small group (or one man) laid waste to a city with dedicated, fearless police officers desperately trying to help, because of access to an insane amount of fire power. Enough is enough. Writing my parents and the love of my life a goodbye last night and a living will because I felt like I wasn’t going to live through the night was enough for me to realize that this is completely and totally out of hand. These rounds were just powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in close proximity of a victim shot by this fucking coward received shrapnel wounds. We need gun control RIGHT. NOW. My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it. We are unbelievably fortunate to not be among the number of victims killed or seriously wounded by this maniac.”
— Caleb Keeter (@Calebkeeter) October 2, 2017
The Josh Abbott Band as a whole did not respond to a comment on this idealogical shift, per the Washington Post, however, they did provide a statement on their Facebook page letting fans know they are all safe and also sending thoughts and prayers to all impacted.
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