Las Vegas Survivor Gets Up Out of Bed to Shake President’s Hand: ‘Shot in Leg or Not, I Stand to Show Respect’

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California resident Thomas Gunderson was at the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night when the violence broke out. As you sadly have heard, sixty-four year old Stephen Paddock sprayed 20,000 concertgoers with bullets, causing one of the worst mass shootings in American history.

When Gunderson tried to run away,, a bullet pierced his leg.

It sounds weird to say, but he was one of the blessed ones — considering that over fifty people were killed that horrific night.  The Daily Mail has the inspirational story of what happened when President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania showed up at the hospital to visit Gunderson and other survivors.

A family member caught the whole thing on video.  First, you see Gunderson struggling to even sit up in the bed.  Then, he did this:

‘Hi Thomas. How are you?’ Melania Trump asks as she tells him not to get up.

‘I’m okay,’ Gunderson is heard saying as he gets to his feet and the pair shake hands.

They then prepared for the president to walk through the hospital room door as the video showed Trump greeting doctors, nurses and staff.

I love President Trump.  When he walked into the room, he took one look at Gunderson and said, “Hey, this guy looks tough to me.”  Then, he shook his hand and asked “How’s it going?”  Here’s more from the Daily Mail:

‘I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!

‘There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!’ Gunderson wrote.

On Gunderson’s patient board in his hospital room, he also had the hashtag ‘#MAGA’ written under the statement: ‘What’s important to me.’

That’s the essence of being an American right there.  In moments of national tragedy, it’s so nice to see that spirit of honor and respect — even in the toughest of times.

Watch the inspirational video below:

Hat Tip: Daily Mail

Image Credit: Screen Cap


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