Caleb Keeter is the guitarist of the Josh Abbott Band, a country music band that was playing at the Route 91 Harvest festival in which 58 people were shot dead.
He’s been a supporter of Second Amendment gun rights all his life, but no more. Proximity to such a tragic event completely changed his mind.
In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Keeter posted a long message on Twitter explaining his sudden conversion.
“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life,” he said. “Until the event of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was.”
The guitarist revealed members of the band’s crew had concealed handgun licences (CHL) and legal firearms on the bus but “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 firepower.
“Enough is enough.”
Keeter said during the attack he wrote a goodbye message to his parents and “the love my life” because he didn’t believe he was going to make it alive.
“These rounds were powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in a close proximity of a victim shot by this fucking coward received shrapnel wounds,” he added.
“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.”