Country guitarist became new liberal hero for ‘changing his mind’ on gun control, except did he really?

“‘I cannot express how wrong I was’: Country guitarist changes mind on gun control after Vegas,” reads the Washington Post headline.

NPR wrote, “Las Vegas Massacre Prompts Musician To Call For Gun Control: ‘Enough Is Enough.'”

The Huffington Post described Caleb Keeter as a “lifelong proponent of gun rights” who finally has seen the light and joined other “advocates for gun law reform” like Hillary Clinton and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy.

So it was that in a single Tweet, the lead guitarist for an obscure country band became the Left’s favorite hero, all because of his ‘shift’ on a single issue:

“I’ve been a proponent of the [second] amendment my entire life,” Keeter posted on the Tweet that has since gone viral. “Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was.”

We won’t accuse Keeter of being a complete liar here, because there is some evidence he at least gave lip service to the idea of a right to bear arms, but to portray the guitarist as a staunch opponent of gun control his “entire life,” as he is attempting to do, might be a big disingenuous.

Consider these gems from long, long ago:

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Keeter wasn’t exactly ready to start rounding up the guns, Cheka-style, but these Tweets also don’t seem to be from a man totally opposed to the idea of gun control, as long as it comes from the right entity – i.e. the States.

In the viral post, Keeter called his band’s concealed handguns “useless,” because they “couldn’t touch them for fear police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us.”

Maybe they were, but only because of the shooter’s proximity. Against closer assailants there are countless times where armed citizens have successfully defended themselves and the innocent.

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“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 … Enough is enough,” Keeter writes, as if he’d never considered the concept before.

Clearly, he has.

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