In November, as Eagles Of Death Metal were performing at the Paris venue the Bataclan, terrorists burst into the show and killed 89 people. The band members barely escaped with their lives. It’s hard to imagine what an experience like that would do to you mentally. But it’s still a bit disturbing to see band frontman Jesse Hughes repeating the NRA talking point that more guns could’ve saved the lives of all those concertgoers.
Eagles Of Death Metal are returning to Paris tonight for a show at the Olympia Theatre. And ahead of the show, as NME points out, Hughes spoke to the French TV station iTélé, putting forth the idea that France should relax its gun-control laws:
Did your French gun control stop a single fucking person from dying at the Bataclan? And if anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so. 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. And I hate it that it’s that way. I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.
Because I’ve never seen anyone that’s ever had one dead, and I want everyone to have access to them, and I saw people die that maybe could have lived, I don’t know… I wish I knew for sure if they could have had a better chance because there were some real angels, real wonderful people in that show that aren’t alive today and I really wish they were.
Even in America, where this is a pretty mainstream political view, we don’t let people into concerts with guns. Personally, I can’t see that as anything other than a good thing.