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A guitarist's viral tweet explains why he changed his mind about gun control.

'My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn't realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it.'

A guitarist's viral tweet explains why he changed his mind about gun control.

"I've been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night," began a tweet from Josh Abbott Band guitarist Caleb Keeter.

Just hours before, Keeter and his bandmates hid as bullets flew through the air at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 and injuring upward of 500 people. The band performed earlier in the day on Sunday and were watching the other acts when a gunman opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd.

"I cannot express how wrong I was," Keeter tweeted. "We actually have members of our crew with [Concealed Handgun Licenses], and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless."


Keeter's tweet is a sober reflection on how living through a mass shooting changed his mind in such a huge way.

"We couldn't touch [the guns] for fear police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us. A small group (or one man) laid waste to a city with dedicated, fearless police officers desperately trying to help, because of access to an insane amount of fire power. Enough is enough."

As Keeter alluded to, the "good guy with a gun" theory might sound great to lawful, trained gun owners; it's just not necessarily backed up by a lot of data. He notes that one concern was the chance that officers might misidentify them as shooters, which is something that sometimes happens, according to a 2014 report by the FBI. Additionally, the Las Vegas shooter reportedly was firing from a hotel room 32 floors up. Firing back up at him with handguns from the ground would only put others in the hotel at risk.

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Gun violence has gotten "completely and totally out of hand," Keeter wrote.

"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 fucking coward received shrapnel wounds. 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. We are unbelievably fortunate to not be among the number of victims killed or seriously wounded by this maniac."

There aren't any positives in a horrific event like this — no silver lining. Still, there's hope that we can learn from tragedy.

Caleb Keeter had a revelation Sunday night. That's worth something.

In response to Keeter's change of heart, people have been critical of the fact that previous mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook or the Pulse nightclub weren't enough to open his eyes, and others have been welcoming of his presence in the fight for common sense gun control. "It's frustrating that some don't call the fire dept. until the blaze is at their own front door," one person tweeted. "But we need more ppl on our side. Welcome."

For his part, Keeter has acknowledged that he could have — and probably should have — changed his mind on the issue a while ago.

That any of us can see the absolute carnage gun violence creates in this country and not acknowledge that there needs to be some restrictions on what the average citizen should be allowed to carry speaks to the power of lobbying and messaging of groups like the NRA. Hopefully, with the help of Keeter, some of that damage can be prevented in the future.

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While most 10-year-olds are playing Minecraft, riding bikes, or watching YouTube videos, Justin Sather is intent on saving the planet. And it all started with a frog blanket when he was a baby.

"He carried it everywhere," Justin's mom tells us. "He had frog everything, even a frog-themed birthday party."

In kindergarten, Justin learned that frogs are an indicator species – animals, plants, or microorganisms used to monitor drastic changes in our environment. With nearly one-third of frog species on the verge of extinction due to pollution, pesticides, contaminated water, and habitat destruction, Justin realized that his little amphibian friends had something important to say.

"The frogs are telling us the planet needs our help," says Justin.

While it was his love of frogs that led him to understand how important the species are to our ecosystem, it wasn't until he read the children's book What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada that Justin-the-activist was born.

Inspired by the book and with his mother's help, he set out on a mission to raise funds for frog habitats by selling toy frogs in his Los Angeles neighborhood. But it was his frog art which incorporated scientific facts that caught people's attention. Justin's message spread from neighbor to neighbor and through social media; so much so that he was able to raise $2,000 for the non-profit Save The Frogs.

And while many kids might have their 8th birthday party at a laser tag center or a waterslide park, Justin invited his friends to the Ballona wetlands ecological preserve to pick invasive weeds and discuss the harms of plastic pollution.

Justin's determination to save the frogs and help the planet got a massive boost when he met legendary conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall.

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At one of her Roots and Shoots youth initiative events, Dr. Goodall was so impressed with Justin's enthusiasm for helping frogs, she challenged the young activist to take it one step further and focus on plastic pollution as well. Justin accepted her challenge and soon after was featured in an issue of Bravery Magazine dedicated to Jane Goodall.

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