County Music Guitarist Changes Mind On Gun Control After Surviving Las Vegas Shooting
Country music guitarist Caleb Keeter, who plays with the Josh Abbott Band, changed his mind about gun control after surviving the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1 during the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
Keeter tweeted that he has been a longtime supporter of the Second Amendment, but the worst massacre in U.S. history 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. They were useless.
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 f*cking 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.
The Josh Abbott Band did not call for gun control, but made a “thoughts and prayers” statement on Facebook:
Everyone in our band and crew are safe. I (Josh) had just left and was in the Mandalay Bay on the 20th floor with my fiancée during the shooting just a few floors away. The band & crew were on the concert grounds and saw people get shot. Some of my crew members were hit with shrapnel, but not injured. We are deeply disturbed by this horrific act of violence and send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. It was a long awful night but we are blessed to be alive and healthy. Hug your loved ones tight.