Almost three months to the day since the horrific ISIS attack in Paris killed 90 people in the Bataclan theatre, the band playing at the time, Eagles of Death Metal is returning to “finish their performance.”
They won’t be playing at the Bataclan, which is still closed, but at the nearby Olympia theatre. Band members and fans alike see the concert as part of their emotional recovery after the traumatic attack.
The band’s lead singer and co-founder, Jesse Hughes, had a strong message about gun ownership – which won’t please liberal-minded France and other gun control advocates.
As the Daily Mail reports “The American singer, 43, said France’s strict gun control laws ‘had nothing to do with’ the jihadist attack, adding: ‘Until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them.’
His comments were made in a series of emotionally charged interviews with French media ahead of tonight’s gig.
In between bouts of tears during an interview with iTele, Hughes questioned whether gun control had saved any lives.
‘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 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 until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.
‘Because I don’t ever 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 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.’
Hughes – a member of America’s National Rifle Association and a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump – earlier said: ‘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.’
Thankfully, the vast majority of us American gun owners never have to go through what Hughes has lived through, but we feel exactly the same way.
[Note: This article was written by NRA member, Michele Hickford]