Eagles of Death Metal’s Frontman Blames France’s Strict Gun Control for Paris Attacks

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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.

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    1. H.M.L. says:

      Well, I now know which part of the band’s name is his. Death.

    2. So apparently the Eagles Of Death Metal’s singer is an idiot.

    3. nopenope says:

      this guy used to work at video depot and once performed a show with the creepy old guy that owned sports fever, harldy a important voice on any subject.

    4. Well color me shocked that a good ol’ boy from South Carolina thinks guns are a good idea – golly shucks! Jesse Hughes’ physical presence at the Bataclan on Nov. 13 does not automatically give any credence to a serious conversation about gun control

      Of course France’s gun laws are preventing homicides using firearms; **by a factor of more than 16 times** the U.S. homicide rate by the same measure! It sucks he was there and had to witness it but let’s use facts, mmmkay there skippy?

      • PJ Malloy says:

        if you want to use facts, you need to remove the suicides from the US list of gun deaths (since they are not included in frances list)

        thats takes about 66% of our gun deaths away

        frankly the more important issue is violence, gun or no gun it doesnt matter in the slightest, and france has more violence than the states….

        facts are pesky things though…..

    5. PJ Malloy says:

      hes totally right.

      what stoppped them???

      guys with guns

      frances gun laws allowed this to happen (just as most mass shootings in the states happen in gun free zones)

    6. Jordy says:

      Quite sad to see him take the innocent lives lost and turn them into a tirade against another countries laws. You don’t live in France sir, and although the shooting was traumatic, it is not your place to criticize them considering France has way less gun incidents than the US. It was also a concert venue, which in no right mind would organizers allow a massive crowd to all carry guns. A group of guys in a mosh pit with guns at their hips, I’m sure the likelihood of an accidental shooting would happen in an instance. And if we’re going to discuss that night. Could you imagine several people in the crowd attempting to stop shooters who are carrying heavier weaponry than the average joe would. And attempting to shoot at who they assumed was the shooter through a crowd screaming and running in dim lighting? The body count could have been higher. A Donald Trump supporter at that just proves this mans incompetence and stupidity. How about you talk about how venues can do a better job of stopping such occurrences rather than blame gun laws? Movie theaters adopted a 7pm Thursday night first showing instead of midnight ones to combat future attacks.

    7. Haggie says:

      Gun ownership has proven to do one thing and one thing only: Increase the likelihood of your death or a death of a family member by gun violence.

      • Jack Kennedy says:

        sooo…. what’s it like living on your knees embracing your special obama “facts”………………

        • Rammmmmmmbling says:

          Jack, your response is a typical American GOP hateful, non-constructive reaction. That attitude is main risk for USA; for past century clearly technological and business leader. But globally accepted as key international partner for many countries due to it showing moral leadership. Ie. being believable and showing to do the “right thing”.

          If USA will loose their moral leadership – the rest will follow suit.

          In that case you’d better hope that American dream doesn’t need money from abroad.

          Although… you shouldn’t be worried about that as 90% of USA money is with the 0.1% richest folks.

          You may want to open your eyes on what you’re going to vote to see whose wallet you’re directing money into…. your own or those most wealthy that “play” the system (overwhelmingly when GOP is in control).

          But don’t take my word. Just do the research – and do what _you_ think is best.

          Fingers crossed for the USA… love to keep having them as global leader. But wouldn’t be surprised to see that changing given increasingly non-constructive political system and political paralysis.

    8. JMS says:

      His stance is moronic. Even assuming that a rock venue would allow people to carry heat (in the US, they do not, and probably wouldn’t in France either), and even assuming the hail of bullets that would result with dozens of people, some probably inebriated, shooting with varying degrees of accuracy at the terrorists, somehow wouldn’t strike any of the attendees by accident or crossfire, and assuming people were so quick they could kill both terrorists and prevent every single death from happening, you would have prevented 190 or so deaths. Great. But how many gun deaths would occur in France (and the rest of Europe) if they were to adopt the US’s lax gun laws? France has 67 million people, and experienced 1,856 gun deaths in 2015. This in contrast to the United State’s 32000 gun deaths with a population of 320 million people. If France were to adopt lax gun laws like the US, the per capita gun death rate can be expected to clime to approximately the same as the United States.

      This would mean that France would experience approximately 6700 gun deaths per year, an increase of nearly 5000 deaths. So, in the extremely unlikely event that any (or even all) of the 190 or so murders in Paris could have been prevented by a bunch of partying, gun-toting fans, the price would be that, every year, some 4,844 additional people would die.

      Bottom line: loosening up gun control in France (and the rest of Europe for that matter) would result in a huge annual increase in loss of life from a whole lot more day in and day out gun violence and murder. Terrorist or no terrorist, that is not a good tradeoff by any measure.

    9. Dave says:

      And then he takes a step back and compares the gun violence stats in the US and France (and even the rest of the world) and is blown away at the differences.

      But he probably didn’t.

    10. Martin says:

      addled brain!

    11. eulajoe says:

      Doubt that the French laws will change unless there’s a huge increase in the numer of trailer parks there.

    12. Jedi77 says:

      I think wearing a gun should be mandatory at all Eagles of Death Metal concerts from now on.
      Let’s see how that works out, shall we?

      • Andrew says:

        Yeah, I guarantee that not a single terrorists shoots another cartridge in one of their concerts, because lets look at this from a terrorists perspective, shall we? Hmmmm, if I’m trying to commit Jihad and kill a bunch of infidels, should I go to a place where the people that I’m trying to kill HAVE guns? or DONT HAVE them? Would you walk into a terrorist’s home, knowing that he has an AK-47 within an arms reach, unarmed? Maybe when he starts to shoot you, you Obamanites can call 911. As for me, I will be shooting them, and I, unlike yourselves, will live.

    13. Phil Esteen says:

      What do you expect from a self-proclaimed ‘ARTEEST’ who plays for a band with the sophomoronic, silly-ass name “Eagles Of Death Metal?”

      Sheesh, could they be more derivative OR bigger suckup to the NRA?

    14. Sean says:

      So tell me, Jesse, what promoter in his right mind would allow an ENTIRE CROWD to pack heat at a concert??? Kindly pull your head out – the fumes are suffocating you.

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