Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes spoke out about his views on allowing gun ownership in a recent interview with French television station iTélé. The rock band from California were on stage at the Bataclan theatre on November 13th when Paris was struck by multiple planned terrorist attacks. Three terrorists attacked the 1,300 person strong crowd at the Bataclan with rifles and grenades, where 90 people died that night.
Hughes, who is a member of America’s National Rifle Association was tearing up during the 19-minute segment and said that “until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them.”
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.
The Guardian reports that Hughes encountered a terrorist backstage, saying, “He didn’t see me. The door shut behind me and I was trying to back up, very sneaky – but he noticed me. And I thought I was dead. I waited for the shot to hit me. When he went to pull his rifle down, the barrel of his gun hit the doorframe, thank god. And when it hit the doorframe … I opened the door, and he started firing and his rounds shut the door behind me.”
Eagles of Death Metal will perform in Paris again, at Olympia Hall, where psychologists will be on standby for people in the audience who may find the concert tough to deal with.
Hughes too, knows the experience will be “intense”, but doesn’t want to “let the bad guys win.” “You have to keep your heart light. I’m not going to let the bad guys win.” said Hughes, according to NBC.