Las Vegas shooting victim Thomas Gunderson is recuperating in a local hospital after being shot in the lower leg by Stephen Paddock. Gunderson described the horror and how two young women, total strangers, pulled him to safety after he had been shot and was unable to walk (first video, below).

With a fresh bullet wound in his calf, Gunderson was not about to lie down when First Lady Melania Trump walked into the room to say hello and offer her best wishes (second video), followed a moment later by President Trump who likewise offered his best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Asked why he didn’t remain lying down to avoid further injury to his leg when the President and First Lady walked into his room, Gunderson reportedly said, “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!”

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