Jesse Hughes, the lead singer for Eagles of Death Metal, spoke candidly about his pro-gun views following the attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead, including 89 at the Bataclan theater where his band was performing on the evening of Nov. 13, 2015.
After initially saying that France’s strict policy on guns “kind of doesn’t have anything to do with it [the attacks],” Hughes then jumped into the gun debate.
“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,” Hughes told the French channel, iTélé in a recent interview. “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.”
The Eagles of Death Metal are going to perform in Paris Tuesday. Hughes said it was their “sacred duty” to return to finish the concert, and the subsequent tour, noting, “I can’t let the bad guys win.”
ISIS claimed that they were the ones beyond the coordinated assault.
Hughes, a South Carolina native who has advocated for gun rights in the past, was asked if his perspective has changed on the issue.
“I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them, because I don’t want to see anything like this ever happen again, and I want everyone to have the best chance to live,” he said.
“I saw people die that maybe could have lived,” he continued. “I don’t know, but I wish I knew for sure that if they could have had a better chance, because there were some real angels, real wonderful people at that show.”