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VIDEO: Las Vegas shooting survivor: 'Shot in the leg or not, I will stand' for president

VIDEO: Las Vegas shooting survivor: 'Shot in the leg or not, I will stand' for president
Posted at 3:24 PM, Oct 05, 2017

Thomas Gunderson was one of the more than 500 injured after a gunman opened fire on the crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest Music festival from his Las Vegas hotel room.

Gunderson was shot in the leg, but that didn't stop him from standing to shake the hand of our country's Commander in Chief.

Gunderson posted a brief video of him meeting First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump at University Medical Center Wednesday.

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Struggling to stand, the First Lady tells Gunderson to lay back down in his hospital bed. Gunderson does not.

Then the president walks in.

"Hey, this guy looks tough to me," President Trump says the Gunderson, shaking his hand. Gunderson thanked the president for visiting the area.

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"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 Facebook.

The video has been viewed more than 18 million times. Gunderson wrote in a later post he shared the video to spread "an uplifting message during this horrific time in our country."

 

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!

Posted by Thomas Gunderson on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

President Trump visited with hospital staff and patients before meeting with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers at the department's headquarters. Trump spoke with officers before sharing remarks to the press.

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"It went from being one of the worst days of our lives to one of the best, that the president would come out here and make an effort," Charlotte Gentry, of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, said. Gentry was one of the 30 to 40 first responders who met the president Wednesday.