Eagles of Death Metal Singer Says Everybody Should Have Guns
Eagles of Death Metal returned to Paris to headline their first solo concert in the city since the November 13 terrorist attacks.
The band was on stage at Le Bataclan, when terrorists gunned down 89 people inside the venue. The California rockers' most recent Paris gig was inside the much larger Olympia auditorium, and they played to a sold-out audience.
Singer Jesse Hughes was in France ahead of their big return and told TV station iTélé he opposes stricter gun control, despite the attack.
“Did your French gun control stop a single ****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 head-first into the face of death with their firearms,” he said.
“I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equa," he said.
"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."
The singer, who has written about peace, love and sex, said he wants everyone to have access to guns.
“I saw people die that maybe could have lived, I don’t know... I wish I knew for sure if they could have had a better chance because there were some real angels, real wonderful people in that show that aren't alive today and I really wish they were,” he said.
During the attacks, 130 people were killed and 350 were injured.
Survivors of the Bataclan concert were given free tickets to the Olympia show.
While some of them went to celebrate life, others felt they were not ready.
One man named Alex, told The Guardian: “I’ve got a ticket but I’m not sure I’ll feel able to go to the gig. Everyone feels differently and it’s very personal, but for me, I fear the concert might be too soon.”
Eagles of Death Metal returned to Paris in December where they were the special guests of U2 and performed in the city.