Band member onstage just before Las Vegas deadly mass shooting changes lifelong position on gun control: ‘I cannot express how wrong I was’

The guitarist in a band who performed at the country music show that was the site of a horrific mass shooting has called for tighter gun control in an about-face as a previous advocate for permissive gun laws.

“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night,” Caleb Keeter of the Josh Abbott Band said in a lengthy message on Twitter. “I cannot express how wrong I was.”

Keeter went on to explain that his crew had licensed firearms with them on the tour bus, but that they were useless.

“We couldn’t touch them for fear police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us,” he wrote.

The guitarist also said he believed he would lose his life in the massacre.

“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 out of hand…

“We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.”

Keeter said that members of his crew were injured by shrapnel when a person standing near them was hit by the gunfire and became a victim.

As of Monday afternoon, 58 people have been reported dead and more than 500 injured in what is the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

The suspected gunman, Stephen Paddock, was dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound when police and SWAT team officers ambushed his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

 

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