Published Feb 16, 2016Over the weekend, Eagles of Death Metal performed live for the first time since the November Paris attacks, which saw dozens gunned down during the band's show at La Bataclan. Now, in a new interview, frontman Jesse Hughes has declared that, "Everybody has to have guns."
Speaking to French television station iTélé, Hughes (a known advocate for gun ownership) was asked whether his support for access to firearms had changed since the tragic events in Paris. He responded, claiming that now, more than ever, people should have access to guns in order to protect themselves.
"Did your French gun control stop a single fucking person from dying at the Bataclan?" he said. "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 continued, "I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal. 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. Because I've never seen anyone that's ever had one dead, and I want everyone to have access to them."
He also thanks fans for the support they've shown the band since the attacks and opens up about trying to cope with the enduring effects of the tragedy in Paris.
Watch the emotional interview clip below [via The Guardian].
Eagles of Death Metal are expected to arrive in Canada for a joint tour with Death From Above 1979 this spring.