Country musician flips on gun control after Las Vegas massacre: 'I cannot express how wrong I was'

Caleb Keeter, a guitarist with the Josh Abbott Band that performed at the Las Vegas country music festival targeted in a mass shooting on Sunday night, said Monday that he has changed his position on gun control following the attack that left 58 people dead and over 500 others injured. 

"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," he tweeted on Monday. "We actually have members of our crew with CHL [concealed handgun licenses], and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless."

Keeter said his fellow band members didn't dare take out their weapons in self-defense as bullets rained down on the crowd "for fear police might think we were part of the massacre and shoot us." 

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 17: Musician Caleb Keeter of the Josh Abbott Band performs during the ACM Party For A Cause Festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 17, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sara Kauss/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcp)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 17: (L-R) Singers Preston Wait, James Hertless, Caleb Keeter, Josh Abbott, Austin Davis and Edward Villanueva of the Josh Abbott Band pose backstage during the ACM Party For A Cause Festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 17, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sara Kauss/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcp)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 17: Musician Caleb Keeter of the Josh Abbott Band performs during the ACM Party For A Cause Festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 17, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sara Kauss/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcp)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19: (L-R) Musicians Austin Davis, Caleb Keeter, Josh Abbott, Preston Wait, Edward Villanueva and James Hertless of the Josh Abbott Band attend the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 02: Singer Tim McGraw (C) with musicians Josh Abbott, Caleb Keeter, and Austin Davis of the Josh Abbott Band attend Westwood One Presents #WWOBackstage @ 51st ACMs at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/ACM2016/Getty Images for dcp)
AUSTIN, TX - AUGUST 26: (L-R) Musicians Caleb Keeter, James Hertless, Josh Abbott, Edward Villanueva, Austin Davis, and Preston Wait of Josh Abbott Band perform in concert at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on August 26, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - AUGUST 26: Musician/vocalist Josh Abbott (R) and Caleb Keeter of Josh Abbott Band perform in concert at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on August 26, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)

"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," Keeter wrote. "Enough is enough."

Former President Barack Obama has used the same wording in regards to gun violence, saying "enough is enough" after a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in 2015. 

"If we truly care about this — if we're going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them," Obama said then. "Period. Enough is enough."

Keeter added on Monday: "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. These rounds were just powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in close proximity of a victim shot by this f---ing coward received shrapnel wounds."

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There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families.
It’s unimaginable. And yet it's real. I don't know where to begin. Watching, crying, and sending love.
Praying for all those in pain
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This is terrorism plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion. Democrats & Republicans please unite now #guncontrol 🇺🇸
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My heart is breaking for Las Vegas. We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism.
💔my heart. @Route91Harvest.
Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.
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What is happening to our world? 🙏🏼
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Lord help us
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Devastating news. Horrible. Sick. Unfathomable.
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My heart is breaking for everyone in Vegas tonight. Simply devastating. So much loss.
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This isn't the first shooting, and not the first deaths. Regardless he is a terrorist. Shame on him, not just on gu…
The lone wolf. The local shooter. The gunman. Any and everything, but terrorist. Wonder why.
This is heartbreaking to learn about! Things have got to change! 🙏🏽
Woke up to hear about the tremendous loss of life & thinking about all the loved ones heartbroken & devastated. Love & Light & prayers 🙏🏾🙏🏾
I just landed & I'm devastated to hear what happened in Las Vegas. So unbelievably horrifying. My thoughts and prayers are with all there. 💔
Praying for everyone at #HarvestFestival. There are no words right now that suffice.
Thank you to the Las Vegas first responders, in the thick of the terrible shootings there. Your actions helped save lives tonight.
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Don't even know what to say. To be in Vegas while this is happening, brings a pain to my heart. My team and I are safe Thank God! Prayers up
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Oh God. Vegas. WTF is happening. Can’t keep up with all the pain this country is facing. Sending love to Vegas.
My heart is breaking for the innocent people in Las Vegas. This is absolutely devastating.
Just sad. And so sorry for the fans who came to sing and dance and be free and happy. thinking of everyone there & my friend @Jason_Aldean.
I can't believe this!! The deadliest mass shooting in US history! 😩My sincerest condolences to everybody there! My prayers are with you! 💔
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Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate
I can't sleep. I'm sick to my stomach about this. Why? I wanna say pray, but if there is a god, why did this happen?I'm disgusted and so sad
It's just so hard to understand 💔
So devastated by this. Innocent people having fun with their loved ones, enjoying life... and it's taken from them for absolutely no reason. I don't understand this world sometimes. Life is so fragile. Sending so much love, thoughts, and prayers to everyone in Las Vegas ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏
Watching the news in tears. Something needs to change!!!!!!! This hate has to stop!!!!! Heartbreaking
Oh God. Just woke up to this sickening news. What is happening to this country? Those poor poor people. I’m numb.
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My heart feels broken for everyone in Las Vegas. Music should always be a safe place. My thoughts and prayers to everyone there.
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We are strong. They can not break us. We are strong. We are strong. We are strong.
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No, Howard. It's urgent right now. And it doesn't stop! It keeps happening in America. Nowhere else like this.…

Keeter concluded: "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."

In response to comments from Twitter users who lamented the fact that Keeter and others changed their views only after being personally affected, Keeter said the criticism was justified and that he would "like to do what I can now." 

In another tweet on Monday afternoon, the musician struck a more optimistic note. 

"That being said," he wrote, "I'll not live in fear of anyone. We will regroup, we'll come back, and we'll rock your f------ faces off. Bet on it."

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