Las Vegas and the entire country are still reeling from this week’s mass shooting, the worst ever in the history of the United States. Stephen Paddock killed 59 individuals firing from the Mandalay Bay hotel, spraying indiscriminately into a crowd of 20,000 country music fans gathered at the Route 91 Harvest festival.
Following the massacre, Washington’s establishment turned to their usual ritual, offering “thoughts and prayers” and putting further gun liberalization (in this instance, slackening regulation on the purchasing of silencers) on the back-burner for a short while.
But while many of the cowards elected to represent the very people who – on a nearly daily basis – are terrorized by mass shootings are twiddling their thumbs, other public figures are coming forward to support active policies to combat such heinous violence.
Caleb Keeter, who plays lead guitar for the Texas-based Josh Abbott Band, announced that his views on gun control have evolved. Acknowledging his life-long support for gun rights, the musician posted a thoughtful breakdown of his views on Twitter:
— Caleb Keeter (@Calebkeeter) October 2, 2017
“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,” Keeter writes.
Keeter goes on to explain how, in the chaos of a mass shooting where assailants make use of military-grade weapons, brandishing your own gun heightens the risk of the loss of innocent life, and sows confusion among law enforcement responding to the scene.
If only congressional Republicans – beholden for so long to the extremist agenda of the NRA – could develop on iota of Keeter’s new found reasonableness.