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Josh Abbott Band Guitarist Calls for Gun Control Following Las Vegas Shooting

“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," Caleb Keeter wrote.

Written by Kelly Brickey
Josh Abbott Band Guitarist Calls for Gun Control Following Las Vegas Shooting
Josh Abbot Band; Artist publicity photo

After the tragic events following a mass shooting Sunday night (Oct. 1) at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, a couple musicians are voicing their opinions on the status of gun control in America.

Caleb Keeter, guitar player for Josh Abbott Band, posted a lengthy rant regarding gun control and how the laws need to adjust to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. As a self-proclaimed proponent of the 2nd Amendment detailed in his digital note, Keeter expressed that he and his band crew didn’t use their weapons to stop the violence in fear of getting acknowledged as part of the problem.

“We actually have members on 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,” Keeter wrote passionately.

The guitarist continued to chronicle how he and his fellow band members began to write out their wills and last goodbyes to loved ones thinking they wouldn’t survive an attack such as that. Marking the moment as an unfortunate call to action, Keeter pleaded that something needs to change for gun control before some other incident gets out of hand just as that at Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“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 to not be among the number of victims killed or seriously wounded by this maniac,” he finished.

Will Hoge, a songwriter and artist, also stood up for the idea of gun control reform to come to the forefront of the political agenda after seeing what occurred in Las Vegas.


“We make it as easy as possible for people to obtain tools built to maximize harm on fellow humans. Until we fix that we’re all stained,” Hoge tweeted.

During the last performance of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, a gunman opened fire from his hotel room overlooking the grounds of the fest as Jason Aldean played the headlining finale. At this time, at least 58 are confirmed dead and more than 500 victims are injured in some capacity, which marks the incident as the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. More details continue to come out as the investigation remains open.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding the Las Vegas shooting.