It’s one thing to hear about a mass shooting and another thing entirely to experience it. Facing the life-or-death situation in Las Vegas this past weekend has changed this man for good — as well as his views on gun control.
Caleb Keeter, the guitarist for the Josh Abbott band, said he had “always been a proponent of the 2nd amendment” until he saw the victims of a mass shooting firsthand.
Keeter tweeted out screenshots of a note on his phone where he explained why he changed his mind:
Many people applauded Keeter’s bravery for speaking out on the issue and admitting that maybe his past views were wrong.
This is brave. There is too much of a 'gotcha' culture and a lack of willingness to accept people when they come round to Your view. It's hard to admit you were wrong, so when people do so sincerely and offer to help, they shouldn't be chastised https://t.co/K9JTmXaLBj
— Glasgow Rivers Champions (@RTVWOW) October 2, 2017
Humility like this, especially in public, takes huge strength. May we all have the courage to change when we're wrong. Thank you, Caleb. https://t.co/A0ToQdB5vU
— Blair Braverman (@BlairBraverman) October 2, 2017
It takes strength to change course. I'm so sorry you were touched by this violence, Caleb, and grateful you've joined the fight to stop it.
— Rebecca Metz (@TheRebeccaMetz) October 2, 2017
You’ll never know what it’s like to live through a mass shooting till you’re actually there, and it’s no surprise that something so monumental is enough to change someone’s mind. Sometimes you need a firsthand account to really see the consequences of your beliefs.