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Jason Aldean posts painful message after Las Vegas shooting

'This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in.'


Michelle Jaworski

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Posted on Oct 3, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 3:31 pm CDT

Country music star Jason Aldean has opened up about the Las Vegas shooting after a gunman killed 59 and injured 527 people during his performance Sunday night.

Although he initially posted an Instagram photo to let his followers know that he and his crew were safe after the shooting, he held off on saying more than that until he could gather his thoughts. And on Tuesday morning, he posted a larger note on social media expressing the many emotions that had gone through his mind over the last 24 hours. He still couldn’t comprehend what would make someone do what the gunman had done during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“I truely dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another,” he wrote. “Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in.”

Aldean expressed his sympathy for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their families, letting them know that they’re in his heart and prayers. But he also called for everyone to put aside their differences and come together.

“We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE!” Aldean said. “That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now.”

The Route 91 Harvest Festival also released a statement after the Las Vegas shooting, offering sympathy and gratitude.

“While we will try and move forward, we will never forget this day,” it stated. “We will NOT let hate win over LOVE. We will NOT be defeated by senseless violence. We WILL persevere, and honor the souls that were lost. Because it matters.”

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*First Published: Oct 3, 2017, 11:30 am CDT