One of the musicians who performed at the country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday has penned a powerful open letter following the worst mass shooting in US history.
Caleb Keeter, a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, said that he'd been a stoic supporter of the US second amendment right to bear arms.
However, after the incident which claimed at least 59 lives and injured over 500, he said he's changed his mind.
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.
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 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 realise that this is completely and totally out of hand. These rounds were powerful enough that my crew guys just standing there in a close proximity of a victim shot by this f**king coward received shrapnel wounds.
We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.
My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn't realise until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it.
We are unbelievably fortunate to not be among the number of victims killed or seriously wounded by this maniac.