In the wake of the Paris terror attacks in November, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, who was performing at the Bataclan when 89 people were killed, says that the murders have reinforced his stance on gun rights.
In an emotional interview with the French TV station iTélé, Hughes — a longtime gun rights activist — said that gun control failed to prevent the attacks at the Bataclan.
“Did your French gun control stop a single f—ng person from dying at the Bataclan?” Hughes said. “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,” he continued. “And I hate it that it’s that way. I think the only way my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them. Because I don’t ever want to see anything like this ever happen again and I want everyone to have the best chance to live.”
Eagles of Death Metal will return to Paris on Tuesday night to play a show at the Olympia Theatre. In December, the band joined U2 on stage for their first performance in Paris since the attacks.
The Bataclan announced last week that it hopes to re-open by the end of 2016.