2 Musicians at Vegas Show Voice New Fears

Jason Aldean is afraid to raise kids now; Caleb Keeter changes mind on gun control
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2017 11:20 AM CDT
Singer Aldean: I'm Afraid to Raise Kids in This World
A June 7, 2017, file photo of Jason Aldean.   (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

The singer who was performing when the shooting began in Las Vegas says he can't comprehend the violence of Sunday night. "Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see," wrote Jason Aldean on Instagram. "This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in." Aldean expressed sympathy for the victims and called for unity. "At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women," he writes. "We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE!"

Also drawing attention is a social media post by another musician who performed at the festival. Caleb Keeter, guitarist for the Josh Abbott band, wrote on Twitter that he has long been a supporter of gun rights and the Second Amendment, reports the Guardian. But Sunday night made him do an about-face. "I cannot express how wrong I was," he writes, referring specifically to the powerful rounds of gunfire raining down on victims. It "was enough for me to realize that this is completely and totally out of hand. ... 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.” (More Las Vegas shooting stories.)

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