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Vegas Shooting Victim Stands For President When Trump Enters Hospital Room

One Las Vegas shooting victim is not going to let a gunshot wound keep him down. The victim was shot in the leg in the deadly shooting on Sunday night, but when President Donald Trump entered the room, the injured man insisted on standing. He was dead-set on greeting the president with respect.

A video shows President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greeting 28-year-old Thomas Gunderson. The FLOTUS enters the room first and tells a struggling Gunderson, "No, No, don’t get up. Don’t get up.”

Gunderson got up anyway and shook Melania's hand. They chat for a moment about how he's recovering as he wobbles and struggles to stay on his feet.

President Trump then walks in, and Gunderson straightened up to shake his hand.

“Hey, this guy looks tough to me,” said Trump.

Gunderson later wrote a Facebook post about why he stood for the meeting. “I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!” he wrote. “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, who is from Newport Beach, California, credits two female police officers in Vegas with saving his life. The officers were off duty at the time, but sprang into action when the deadly shooting began.

Mr. and Mrs. Trump flew to Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet and comfort the victims and families of the massacre, and to praise the first responders for a job well done.

“Words cannot describe the bravery that the whole world witnessed on Sunday night," said the president in a statement at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Command Center. "Americans defied death and hatred with love and with courage.”

The president praised doctors and nurses as well, for the 'incredible' job they did to help the hundreds of people injured in the shooting.

"We have a great country, and we’re there for you," Trump said in a statement to the victims.

Some of the survivors of the ordeal have been extended an invitation to the White House after they recuperate from the traumatic incident.

The shooting last week in Las Vegas is the deadliest mass shooting in America’s history, leaving 59 people dead (including the lone shooter) and 489 people injured. Victims were attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the famous Las Vegas Strip when Stephen Paddock broke a window in his room on the 32 floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and open fired on the crowd. Paddock was found to have an arsenal of weaponry, and his position from above made it difficult to stop the shooter.

Paddock was found dead in his hotel room after the shooting. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His motive at this time remains a mystery.

Source: Independent Journal Review, Fox News
Photo: YouTube, Facebook

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