Off Duty Cop was Unarmed as LV Shooting Erupted. This Country Superstar Handed Over His Own Handgun.

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While most of the news coverage of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night focused on the interrupted performance of Jason Aldean, there were other bands there for the festival. One of those was Big & Rich. Their story is one of heroism away from the main fight, and one that shows the importance of the Second Amendment.

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The shooting in Las Vegas left 59 people dead. The attack lasted more than an hour, and shut down much of the Las Vegas strip. Flights were diverted out of the airport, even, to keep them out of the gunfire.

Big & Rich’s story, though, is one of a smaller act of courage.


“We played 90 minutes to two hours before Jason Aldean,” John Rich told Fox News. “We loaded up our bus, and there is a little country bar I have in Las Vegas that I own [Redneck Riviera], and we went over there to play a little after-show set. We were onstage there and got the tap on the shoulder that there was an active shooter. We immediately stopped playing and got everyone away from the windows and tried to secure the location.”

There was a Minneapolis police officer in the crowd. As he was there at the bar, on vacation, he wasn’t armed. When news of the active shooter spread, though, he wanted to do his part.

“He came up to me and showed me his badge and he says, ‘I’m an officer and I am not armed’ and asked me, ‘Are you armed?’”

“I said, ‘Yes sir, I am. I am armed.’ I have my concealed weapon permit. And he said, ‘Can I have your firearm so I can hold point on the front door?’ So I handed over my firearm to him. Everyone got behind him and, for about two hours without flinching, this guy kept point on that front door just in case someone came through.”

The tragedy on the strip stands as the worst mass-shooting in recent American history. The stories, as small at they are, of heroism are what make Americans great.