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Posted: October 03, 2017

Josh Abbott Band's Caleb Keeter changes gun control stance after Las Vegas shooting

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Josh Abbott Band's Caleb Keeter changes gun control stance after Las Vegas shooting
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)

By Amanda O'Donnell, Austin American-Statesman

LAS VEGAS —

Josh Abbott Band lead guitarist Caleb Keeter has tweeted in favor of stricter gun control laws after his evacuation from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas late Sunday night.

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“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life,” the posted note within the tweet starts. “Until the events of last night, I cannot express how wrong I was.”

>> Click here to read Keeter’s full remarks

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Abbott tweeted asking for prayers before he was evacuated during the shooting.

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According to Abbott’s tweets, he was evacuated from the Mandalay Bay resort, from where police say suspected gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire, killing at least 59 people. That would make it the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, The Associated Press reports

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Abbott said in his second tweet that his fiancée was still in a room at the hotel but was safe. 

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Abbott played the festival earlier in the day Sunday. Jason Aldean, who was on stage at the time of the shooting, was the closing act. 


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