Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has said that the Bataclan massacre could have been stopped if everybody had firearms.
The American rock band was performing at the Bataclan theatre in Paris when terrorists attacked on November 13. They killed 130 people in a series of co-ordinated shootings and bombings across the city.
In an interview with French broadcaster, iTele, Hughes said: “I’ll ask you: Did your French gun control stop a single fucking 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 firearms.”
His comments came as Eagles Of Death Metal returned to Paris to play a tribute concert to the 89 fans who were shot dead at their concert.
Hughes added: “I think the only way my mind has been changed is, 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 and I saw people die that, maybe, could have lived, I don’t know, but I wish I knew for sure, if they could have had a better chance.”
Hughes is reportedly a member of America’s National Rifle Association and a supporter of Republication presidential candidate Donald Trump. Last night’s gig was held at the Olympia venue, in Paris, a few miles from the Bataclan, which remains closed.
Hughes and his bandmates, Dave Catching, Julian Dorio, Eden Galindo, and Matt McJunkins survived the shootings, but their merchandise seller, Briton Nick Alexander, was killed.
Hughes fought back tears, as he said: “I haven’t had any nightmares, and I’ve slept fine, but when I’m awake is when I see things that are nightmares, you know? And I thought that talking about it would make it easier... but it’s not... I just wish it would go away.”
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