A California man shot in the leg during Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas refused to allow his wound to prevent him from standing when President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump entered his hospital room.
…and what a touching moment it was.
Thomas Gunderson was attending the concert at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when Stephen Paddock began firing on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, according to the Daily Mail.
— Ava- I love my USA! (@WEdwarda) October 4, 2017
The president and first lady were in Las Vegas on Wednesday to visit with victims and first responders of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The incredible moment a patriotic Gunderson struggled to his feet was captured on video, first when Mrs. Trump entered his room and again when the president came in.
“Hi Thomas. How are you?’ the first lady is heard asking the wounded man as he rises to his feet. “No, no, don’t get up.”
Trump soon enters the enters the room and Gunderson rises again, not able to remain standing when he greeted the first lady.
“Hey, this guy looks tough to me,” Trump can be heard saying as he gives Gunderson a warm handshake.
Gunderson was reportedly running toward Mandalay Bay when he was shot in his leg.
Gunderson later shared the video to his Facebook page.
“There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag,” he declared. “Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!”
"I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand."
– Thomas Gunderson, survivor of the Vegas massacre pic.twitter.com/HeuBCuK7d6
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Whether he was a fan of Trump’s or not before Wednesday, Gunderson certainly is now.
After meeting with the president and Mrs. Trump, he added “#MAGA” — Make America Great Again — to the dry-erase board in his room.
— Full Metal Squirrel (@MyManJimmyJack) October 5, 2017
Gunderson is seen below giving a harrowing account of his experience that terrifying night. He attributed two young women who were total strangers with saving his life.
“Nobody cared what you looked like last night. Nobody did,” he said. “They wanted to save your life.”
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 3, 2017
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