The frontman for Eagles of Death Metal, Jesse Hughes, is speaking boldly about gun ownership after his band was literally front and center during the Islamic terror attack at their performance at the Bataclan in Paris last November.
With emotional wounds still fresh, Hughes tearfully spoke with French media as the Eagles of Death Metal head back to Paris for a Tuesday evening concert. Hughes said their return is a "sacred responsibility to finish the show." Hughes indicated that his beliefs about guns has been strengthened since that terrible night:
Did your French gun control stop a single f***ing 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 headfirst 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 don't want to ever see something like this happen again.
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.
Hughes, a supporter of Donald Trump for president, also told the press that he is always armed while at home in the states: "I don’t go anywhere in America without a gun anymore. That sucks. And I’m not paranoid. I’m not a cowboy... but I want to be prepared.”
Hughes added that his band "can't let the bad guys win" and so they return to Paris to play Olympia Hall this evening. But this time, they are prepared: there will be soldiers and armed guards stationed everywhere. Psychologists will also be on hand for any traumatized fans. Those that survived the Bataclan attack have been invited for free.