Country singer Jason Aldean was on stage performing on Sunday night when a maniac gunman opened fire on attendees of a country music festival in Las Vegas, leaving 59 people dead and more than 500 injured.
Aldean, who had previously issued a short statement after the attack, opened up in an extended Facebook and Instagram post on Tuesday, revealing the many emotions he has felt over the past 24 hours.
He said he’s been fearful, angry, felt heartache and experienced compassion. Aldean also expressed confusion over what unfolded.
“I truly don’t understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see,” he wrote. “This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in.”
Aldean proceeded to say that, at the end of the day, people aren’t Democrats, Republicans, whites, blacks, men or women and are, instead, merely human beings.
“We are all humans and we are all Americans and it’s time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE!” he continued. “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.”
Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I…
The country star ended the post by expressing his heartache for the victims and their family members and said he was sorry for the hurt and pain that so many are feeling.
“Time to come together and stop the hate!” he added.