Thomas Gunderson was one of the 500 people who were injured in last week's shooting in Las Vegas, which is officially the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
The 28-year-old from Newport Beach, California was at the concert with his friends when shots rang out, and was struck in the leg by a bullet. The young man's life was likely saved by a pair of bystanders who wrapped a belt around his leg as a tourniquet.
While 59 people were killed in the shooting, many were injured, including over a dozen who are still in critical condition. On Wednesday, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited some of the shooting's victims in Las Vegas.
Gunderson is recovering well, but told Fox News that his gunshot wound makes it "hard to stand, very painful." That's what has made this video of his meeting with the president go viral around the world.
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
While the First Lady can be heard telling Gunderson he should sit down, he insists on standing and shaking the president's hand. In a message on Facebook, he explained that "There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag."
But Gunderson's small gesture has created a big controversy online, and the young man has been forced to respond...