October 2, 2017 10:01 pm
Updated: October 2, 2017 10:32 pm

Las Vegas shooting has country guitarist admitting he was wrong on gun control

Mon, Oct 2: Las Vegas was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history Sunday night, with at least 59 people killed when a gunman fired on a crowd of concertgoers from the window of a popular hotel. Jackson Proskow reports from Las Vegas.


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A country guitarist who played the Las Vegas music festival where a gunman opened fire and killed at least 59 people is rethinking his position on the right to bear arms.

Caleb Keeter, who plays with the Josh Abbott Band, tweeted a lengthy note saying that he had been a proponent of the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution “until the events of last night.”

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“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 firepower,” Keeter wrote.

“Enough is enough.”

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Keeter said that he wrote his parents and the love of his life a “goodbye last night and a living will” because he wasn’t certain that he would survive the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival, which took place near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The festival also featured artists such as Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt and Eric Church.

Police responded to reports of an active shooter near the hotel just after 10 p.m. PT, as Aldean was performing.

People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Shots rang out while Aldean was in the middle of a song; video showed the artist stopping and the crowd going quiet before more bullets rained down, sending concertgoers running or dropping to the ground.

Stephen Paddock, a multimillionaire real estate investor, has been identified as the gunman.

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Keeter’s band wasn’t performing when the shooting happened, but he said that the rounds from the shooting were “powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in close proximity of a victim shot by this ****** coward received shrapnel wounds.

“We need gun control RIGHT. NOW,” he said.

“My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it.”

Police and rescue personnel gather at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Keeter also responded to people who criticized him for coming to the realization when he was personally confronted with a shooter.

Keeter wasn’t the only musician to push for gun control on social media in the wake of the shooting.

Ariana Grande, whose Manchester, U.K. concert earlier this year was the site of a bombing that killed 22 people, tweeted that “we need love, unity, peace, gun control and for people to look at this and call this what it is = terrorism.”

Lady Gaga also pushed for gun control.

So did singer and actress Ashley Tisdale.

Singer-songwriter Michelle Branch also chimed in.

  • With files from Adam Frisk

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