Josh Abbott Band Guitarist Reconsiders Gun Control Stance Following Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting
Caleb Keeter, guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, admits that the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival late Sunday night (Oct. 1) has changed his mind about the gun control debate. After experiencing the shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., firsthand and seeing how his crew's legal guns were useless during the incident, Keeter is a proponent of stricter gun laws.
In a lengthy statement shared to Twitter, Keeter explains that although some of the Josh Abbott Band's crew members had legal guns on their bus, "they were useless."
"We couldn’t touch them for fear police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us," Keeter explains. "These rounds [shot by the shooter Stephen Paddock] were powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in a close proximity of a victim shot by this f--king coward received shrapnel wounds."
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Near the end of his statement, Keeter cuts straight to his point: "We need gun control RIGHT. NOW." he writes.
At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured in Monday morning’s shooting, which took place during Jason Aldean's headlining set on the Route 91 Harvest Festival’s final night. The Josh Abbott Band's frontman, Josh Abbott, was locked out of his hotel and separated from his fiancee during the incident; however, the band and their crew are all safe.
Other artists who performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival include Chris Young, Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne and Luke Combs. The event ran Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
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