Last year, many of the 130 people who were killed in the Paris terrorist attacks were in the Bataclan, part of an audience that assembled see the band Eagles of Death Metal. Now, the band’s lead singer is speaking out against the strict gun control that, he says, contributed to the severity of the attack.
This story from variety.com says Jesse Hughes blames France’s strict gun control for the attacks on Nov. 13, orchestrated by ISIS and perpetrated by gunmen.
“Did your French gun control stop a single person from dying at the Bataclan? If anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so,” Hughes said in the interview. “I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I’ve ever seen in my life charging head-first into the face of death with their firearms.”
“I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal,” he said. “I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them,” added the musician, who has said the band’s decision to complete its concert tour in Paris on February 16 at the Olympia concert hall is “a sacred duty,” according to this story from breitbart.com.
Others have criticized the strict gun control laws and gun bans in European countries, including CNN analyst Tom Fuentes.
Hughes is known for often taking a pro-gun stance in the public eye. The Eagles of Death Metal will be the first band to perform at the Bataclan when it reopens, likely by the end of the year.