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Country Music Stars Need to Change Their Stance on Gun Control
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12 Oct 2017 06:52 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Colt AR-15 Assault Rifle (Image Source: M62 via Wikimedia Commons)

The recent Las Vegas shooting brings up an uncomfortable debate in the country music world.

It's no surprise that an overwhelming amount of country musicians are conservative and are registered Republicans. They support the NRA and the people's right to bear arms. The Las Vegas shooting on Sunday, October 1, has made a major impact on the country music community since it took place at the Harvest Music Festival. It even changed one country musician's stance on guns.

Country musician Caleb Keeter changed his mind on gun control. The Josh Abbott band guitarist spoke out for gun control in a statement on social media. Keeter performed with the Josh Abbott Band at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday. He admitted that he was in support of the Second Amendment. His stance changed just a few short hours after the shooting, when a gunman opened fire at the Las Vegas audience, killing 59 people and injuring 527 people. It's become the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Keeter took to Twitter to release his statement. He explained that he was always "a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life." That all changed on that fateful night when he admits that "I cannot express how wrong I was."

"Enough is enough," Keeter continued. "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 powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in a close proximity of a victim shot by this f***ing coward received shrapnel wounds."

He begged the government to reconsider the gun control laws. Keeter said that he and his band feel lucky to not be among the victims that were killed and injured. The shooting was directed at country music fans. The country music community has been reflecting on the gun control debate along with their music.

Debates have been taken place across country music stations and on social media, reports CNN. Many country singers have shown support for the Second Amendment through their music. The NRA Country campaign has support from celebrity ambassadors such as Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, and Trace Adkins. Combs announced that he would honor the shooting victims in an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"Music is a healer," Combs tweeted. "In this overwhelming darkness, I believe we will find hope when we rise together."

Country star Jason Aldean performed on stage when shots were fired. He cancelled his upcoming concerts to honor the victims. The country music singer has since spoken out about the tragedy. He took to Instagram to express his feelings and to give thoughts and prayers to the victims.

"Tonight has been beyond horrific," Aldean wrote. "I still don't 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."

In another Instagram post, Aldean said that Americans need to "stand together as ONE!"

"At the end of the day we aren't Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! This is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it ever has been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now."

Luke Bryan told Extra TV he spoke to Aldean after the Las Vegas shooting. He says that they've been "praying" and that they're watching out for each other's backs.

Now it's time for the country music community to change its stance on guns. It's not about race, gender, or sex this time around. It's about securing the safety for millions of Americans. Not all country music fans support Second Amendment rights. Country music has the biggest fan base, but it's a very diverse one. It could take one country music star to change the minds of others, as long as they speak up. 

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