Eagles of Death Metal Frontman Slammed by Bataclan for Hinting Security Knew of Paris Attacks

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Bataclan owners have reacted to Eagles of Death Metal’s frontman Jesse Hughes’ claims that the Paris venue’s “security had a reason not to show up” on Nov. 13, the night of the terror attack that killed 89 people during EODM’s concert.

“Jesse Hughes spread some very grave and defamatory accusations against the Bataclan teams,” a Bataclan rep said in a statement, which called Hughes’ claims “insane.” “A judicial investigation is undergoing. We wish to let justice proceed serenely. All the testimonies gathered to this day demonstrate the professionalism and courage of the security agents who were on the ground on November 13. Hundreds of people were saved thanks to (these agents’) intervention.”

In an interview with Fox Business Network, Hughes said one of the security guards had raised his suspicion because he didn’t look at him, but when he asked the promoter to replace him, he was told that the other guards had not yet arrived. “Eventually I found out that six or so wouldn’t show up at all. It seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up,” Hughes told Fox.

Last month, the controversial singer said France’s gun control laws were to blame for the Nov. 13 attacks’ death toll. “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,” said Hughes in an interview for TV news channel iTele that aired on the eve of the band’s comeback on a Parisian stage. “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. I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.”

Shortly after those declaration, the band canceled the remainder of its European tour due to an injury to Hughes’ hand.

In a previous interview, Hughes had said Eagles of Death Metal would be the first band to perform at the Bataclan when it reopens, but it seems unlikely considering the singer’s recent accusations.

Meanwhile, the Bataclan released a statement last month announcing the start of the venue’s renovations, which are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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      San Bernardino doesn’t have restrictive gun control laws like France. Did that help the people in San Bernardino? No. As a matter of fact, even when these types of shootings happen in any of the states that have insanely loose gun laws, normal citizens with guns hardly ever are involved in stopping the shooters. Why is that?

      If you are a “good guy” with a gun, you are going to get blown away by the cops entering the scene because they can’t tell you from the bad guys. Imagine you are law enforcement charging in to stop an active shooter. Are you going to stop and ask yourself if that civilian with a raised gun is a good guy or a bad guy? No. You are going to blast anyone who is not a cop, swat or military walking around with a weapon.

      We’ve had years of active shootings in states with very loose gun laws. There is almost no evidence that good guys with guns (civilians) make any difference at all.

      The US has more guns per capita than ANY COUNTRY ON EARTH.
      The US has more gun deaths per capita than ANY DEVELOPED COUNTRY.

      The US looses 30,000 people per year to gun homicides and suicides.

      Even in countries with strict gun laws, you can still own a shotgun to defend your home. You can still own a hunting rifle (no semi-automatic weapons and no clips).

      Other developed countries with sensible gun control laws have between 1/5 – 1/2 of the gun deaths in the US. No, they don’t have more deaths by knives or baseball bats to make up for it.

      With sensible gun restrictions in the US, people could still own a shotgun to defend their home and hunting rifles without clips. We could save over 15,000 lives per year. That is the equivalent of 5 World Trade centers every year.

    2. deathcore1 says:

      He’s right!! There would be less attacks if EVERYBODY were armed. Gun control is stupid.
      Oh…if you don’t know who the band is DON’T EVEN COMMENT. You’ll look even more stupid. Morons.

    3. kenjimoto says:

      The owners should consider legal action against him. First he calls the French cowards for having gun control, then he defames the owners of the club where 80 or so people died. I know he has PTSD after surviving that, but now it’s time to shut his mouth—and that goes for his singing too.

    4. Hughes?–If anybody really could carry all the blame, he’s so ignorant, a devil-worshipper, it’s-okay-for-others-to-“run straight into death’s face”-as-long-as-he’s-just-watching… Come on, conservative people were wondering, and, yeah: The Eagles Of Death Metal are the kind of band that entices these type of things to happen. Over and done with.

    5. Hoss says:

      so instead of a few people shooting, he wants everyone to be shooting and even more innocent bystanders to get shot. i feel bad for what they went through but clearly this guy is an idiot and isn’t very good at logic and reasoning.

      • Greggan says:

        While I find the totality of Hughes’ remarks to be ignorant and outrageous, it should be noted that “Eagles of Death Metal” is an ironic, tongue-in-cheek band name. They do not play “death-metal” and Hughes is not a “devil-worshipper.” Get YOUR facts straight before drawing conclusions that are (almost) as ridiculous and inflammatory as those made by Jesse Hughes.

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