A guitarist who performed at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas where Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers, killing 59 and injuring over 500 has changed his opinion on gun control.
Caleb Keeter, who plays with the Josh Abbott Band said on Twitter on Monday that although he has been an advocate for the Second Amendment his ‘entire life’, he now lives in embarrassment at ‘how wrong’ he was.
In just two screenshots he explained at length how it took first-hand experience of what unspeakable violence automatic rifles can cause in the hands of an average Joe to make him question his beliefs.
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 CHL licences, and legal firearms on the bus.
They were useless.
We couldn’t touch them for fear police might think that 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.
In a staggering section of the statement, Keeter revealed that he was so pessimistic about the shooting that he wrote farewell letters to his parents and partner.
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 powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in a close proximity of a victim shot by this fu*king coward received shrapnel wounds.
We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.
My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realise 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.
In a later tweet, Keeter added that he was ‘wrong, stupid, and selfish for thinking otherwise’.
Late on Sunday evening, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock emptied thousands of rounds onto the crowds attending the country festival from a 32nd floor hotel room of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
It is the deadliest mass shooting in US history, overtaking last June’s Orlando shooting, which saw 49 die.
Police found an arsenal of at least 42 guns, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo.
The killer’s car was full of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used to make explosives.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday that it was ‘premature’ to debate tighter gun control.
She added that President Donald Trump will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday to ‘grieve with the friends and family of the victims, offer his support to those recovering from wounds and thank courageous first responders.’
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