BERLIN — On the eve of its comeback on a Parisian concert stage, Eagles of Death Metal’s frontman Jesse Hughes blamed France’s strict gun control for the Paris attacks, during a TV interview.
Hughes broke down in tears as he confided about the trauma caused by Nov. 13 attacks. Orchestrated by ISIS, the terror assault claimed the lives of 89 people who were attending the band’s concert at the Bataclan concert hall. The singer, who is known for his controversial pro-gun stance, said loud and clear France’s strict gun laws did nothing to help victims.
“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. “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 said. “I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them,” added the musician.
Hughes said completing Eagles of Death Metal’s concert tour in Paris was a “sacred duty.”
The band, which will be performing tonight at the Olympia concert hall, sold out tickets within a few hours and invited all the survivors of the Bataclan attack.
Hughes previously said Eagles of Death Metal will be the first band to perform at the Bataclan when it reopens. The owners of the Bataclan released a statement last week to announce that they were launching renovations and are expecting to reopen by year-end.
Hughes, a Donald Trump supporter, was the subject of a polemical documentary called “The Redemption Of The Devil,” which was pulled from IDFA, the Amsterdam-set documentary festival, where it was due to open a few days after the Bataclan assault. Produced by Vice, the doc explored Hughes’ journey from being a rocker to an ordained Catholic minister and shed light on the singer’s pro-gun stance.