February 16, 2016

Eagles of Death Metal frontman: 'Until nobody has guns everybody has to have them'

Rebel Staff

The frontman of the Eagles of Death Metal, the Californian rock band that was performing at the Bataclan theatre in Paris when 89 people were gunned down by so-called Islamic State terrorists last year, is arguing for universal access to firearms.

Vocalist-guitarist Jesse Hughes, 43, says he is more convinced than ever of the need to expand gun ownership. In a 19-minute interview with the French television station iTélé on Monday, the outspoken musician said: “Did your French gun control stop a single f**king 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,” he continued. “And I hate it that it’s that way. I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe 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.”

It has also been reported that Hughes—a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA)—told Agence France-Presse in an earlier interview: “I don’t go anywhere in America without a gun anymore. That sucks. And I’m not paranoid. I’m not a cowboy […] but I want to be prepared.”

The band are due to play at Paris’ Olympia concert hall on Tuesday night having resumed the world tour in Stockholm on Saturday that they stopped after the Paris attacks. Soldiers and armed police will be standing guard at the venue, with psychologists on hand to support traumatized fans, the Guardian reports.

Hughes told iTélé that he had felt “a sacred responsibility to finish this show”, adding in his Agence France-Presse interview that Tuesday’s gig would “be a regular rock show”.

The Nov. 13 attack on the Bataclan concert hall was part of a series of terrorist attacks — gunmen and suicide bombers struck a major stadium, restaurants and bars, almost simultaneously — that left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded.

French President Francois Hollande described the attacks as an “act of war” organized by the Islamic State.

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commented 2016-02-19 16:03:45 -0500
Been trying to post for hrs. Seems to be working
commented 2016-02-19 16:02:04 -0500
It goes to flashing save ,where does that go
commented 2016-02-19 16:00:08 -0500
If you can help me ,virtually cannot post ,have I pad 2,is it the commie neighbors pointing their hair dryer guns at my y fi
commented 2016-02-19 16:00:08 -0500
If you can help me ,virtually cannot post ,have I pad 2,is it the commie neighbors pointing their hair dryer guns at my y fi
commented 2016-02-19 15:55:57 -0500
commented 2016-02-16 18:31:07 -0500
What is the matter with that musician? Everyone knows that the only right and good thing to do is to take away all the guns from the law abiding gun owners so the criminals have free reign. Sheesh! Like duh!
commented 2016-02-16 15:42:58 -0500
Well when the islamic pm of Canada comes to take our firearms I will remember this article and shake my head at the difference.

Unfair that someone can have an armed guard but the rest of us do not have a life that is valuable enough to consider protecting.

More proof that politicians and police are ever increasingly the enemy of the public.
commented 2016-02-16 15:38:37 -0500
To people who want to ban guns I say you first, that applies to everyone in society.
commented 2016-02-16 14:56:27 -0500
Chickensh..t mass murderers will think twice before violence, when they know people can shoot back. This is probably the only thing that will actually deter these degenerates, whether they be regularly insane or religiously insane. I definitely agree with Karan Singh.
commented 2016-02-16 14:43:41 -0500
That’s exactly what I said few weeks ago, when Brain Lilly reported of the upcoming gungrab by liberals. Unless the govt. agencies surrender all their weapons & guarantees that they’ve disarmed each & every criminal in the country no law-abiding citizen should relinquish their lawfully owned guns.