After he survived the deadliest mass shooting in American history at a Las Vegas music festival, a country music guitarist changed his position on gun control.
His band was one of the artists that performed at the three-day long Route 91 Harvest Festival where 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Las Vegas authorities reveal that Paddock was found dead at the scene and had “in excess of 10 rifles” in his hotel room.
On Monday, in a note he shared on Twitter, Caleb Keeter who is the lead guitarist of the Josh Abbott Band, revealed that he supported the Second Amendment his whole life until this experience.
He wrote, “I cannot express how wrong I was.” He also added, “We actually have members of our crew with [Concealed Handgun Licenses], and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless.”
He continued, “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.”
Nevada has one of the looser gun control laws in the nation. For example, it is completely legal to own a fully automatic firearm as long as the gun owner pays a $200 fee and go through an extensive federal background check and fingerprinting.
Abbot also sent his condolences to the victims tweeting:
I'll never unhear those gunshots; and our band & crew will never forget how that moment made them feel. Our hearts are with all the victims
— Josh Abbott (@joshabbottband) October 2, 2017
You can read the full note he left on Twitter below:
— Caleb Keeter (@Calebkeeter) October 2, 2017
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