“It’s an act of pure evil,” the US President Donald Trump told the world following a night of carnage at a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday.
A lone gunman, in a hotel room 32 stories high, fired bullets down upon a crowd of 22,000 through two smashed windows.
He used at least 10 rifles, either automatic or rigged to be so, to kill at least 58 people and injure more than 500 others.
He turned one upon himself as police stormed the room.
Hours before Caleb Keeter, a guitarist for the Texas-based Josh Abbott Band, was on stage at the same festival.
Keeter had been a “proponent of the second amendment” his whole life.
Not today. Not anymore.
“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 realise that this is completely and totally out of hand,” Keeter posted to Twiter this morning.
“We need gun control RIGHT. NOW. My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realise 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.”
— Caleb Keeter (@Calebkeeter) October 2, 2017
President Trump’s administration keeps saying today is “not the time to talk about gun law reforms” with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling media this morning: “There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is a time to unite as a country.”
Nelba Márquez-Greene has heard this before.
In 2012, Márquez-Greene’s six-year-old daughter was killed when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. She knows first hand the frustration and heartache that comes with watching the US government grieve and “unite” following a mass shooting, and then change nothing to prevent the same thing happening again.