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Country Music Guitarist Goes Against Entire Right Gun Narrative And Calls For Immediate Gun Control

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Political opinions are sometimes psychologically hardwired into our brains so tightly that even the biggest events cannot change our minds. It’s why so many proponents of gun ownership run to the defense of the NRA or other voices defending guns, even after tragedies like Sandy Hook, the Pulse Nightclub shooting, or the massacre that occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas, where 59 individuals were killed and more than 500 others were injured.

But sometimes minds can be changed, especially when they witness events firsthand. Country guitarist Caleb Keeter, who had performed earlier in the day at the festival that shooter Stephen Paddock had targeted, came to a new conclusion on gun control following the high casualty count, the result of a single man with an unknown agenda.

Keeter tweeted out his thoughts on Monday morning, just hours after the shooting had occurred.

Keeter took two screenshots of his phone in order to get his full message across, which understandably couldn’t be said in the 140-characters that Twitter limits users to.

“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.”

Keeter pointed out that several bandmates of his and other performers in his vicinity were concealed weapon holders, implying in the past that he could justify being vehemently pro-gun for self-defense reasons. But ultimately, they couldn’t do anything against Paddock, he said, stating that the concealed weapons “were useless” at that point.

“We couldn’t touch them for fear police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us,” he said.

“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,” he continued. “We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.”

Countless conversations are still going on about the need for gun control. Whether these conversations are occurring between friends, family members, or complete strangers online, however, there are still millions of Americans who don’t see the current status of violence as justifying a change in our ways. There have been 272 instances of mass shootings this year alone, in just 274 days, amounting to almost one incident per day on average.

Yet Caleb Keeter’s words give us pause to appreciate that open minds are out there, willing to change their opinion on the subject to reasonably see that arguments in favor of loosening gun restrictions are incompatible with creating a safer nation. The conversation needs to continue, and it needs to successfully bring about change that will result in less deaths across the country.

That becomes all-the-more-possibly with individuals like Caleb Keeter sharing their stories. We should be thankful that sometimes minds we once thought were closed off are actually more open than initially perceived.


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