In the wake of the the mass shooting that has left more than 58 dead and 500 injured in Las Vegas, Josh Abbott Band guitarist Caleb Keeter took to Twitter on Monday to change his life-long stance on gun control.
The country group played the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon, just hours before Stephen Paddock fired into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across the street.
“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my entire life,” Keeter wrote. “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.”
Even though Keeter said his bandmates and crew had access to firearms, they were unable to use them out of “fear police might think we were part of the massacre and shoot us.” While he praised the Las Vegas Police Department for their quick response, he said the shooter was still “laid waste to a city…because of access to an insane amount of fire power.”
“Enough is enough,” Keeter continued. “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.” Read his post in full below:
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 [concealed handgun licenses], 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. [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 powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in a close proximity of a victim shot by this fucking 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 not to be among the number of victims killed or seriously wounded by this maniac.
“That being said, I'll not live in fear of anyone,” Keeter followed up in another tweet later on Monday. “We will regroup, we'll come back, and we'll rock your fucking faces off. Bet on it.”