A musician who played at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas just hours before the mass shooting says he is no longer a supporter of the Second Amendment.
Guitarist Caleb Keeler, of the Josh Abbott Band, took to Twitter to speak of his reversal of the Constitutional right, posting this message:
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 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***ing 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.
Keeter was immediately nailed, but not by those who back the 2A. Surprise! It was leftists who launched hateful, personal attacks against the musician:
The guilt trip apparently worked because later, Keeter responded to the last one:
The leader of the band, Josh Abbott, didn’t appear to have a change of heart like his guitar player, stating, “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.”
The group posted a response to Facebook:
“Everyone in our band and crew are safe. 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.”
Despite his new-found philosophy, Keeter said he will not let fear win: