Politics Eagles of Death Metal Frontman Speaks Out AGAINST Gun Control

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    'Everybody Has to Have Guns,' Says Eagles of Death Metal Frontman as Band Returns to Paris


    By VICE News

    February 16, 2016 | 8:15 am
    The Eagles of Death Metal (EODM), the band who were playing at Paris' Bataclan concert hall when it was attacked by gunmen last November, will return to the French capital to "finish" the show tonight.

    In interviews with French media, the band's frontman Jesse Hughes said he still had nightmares about the shooting, in which 90 people died, but said the massacre had only consolidated his view that everyone should have access to guns.

    The band performed at a U2 concert in Paris last December but Tuesday's show at the Olympia concert hall will be their first concert there since the attack. Psychologists will be on standby to offer help to survivors of the attack, who have been given free invitations.

    EODM were playing to a crowd of around 1,500 at the Bataclan on November 13 when three men with assault rifles stormed the venue and started shooting and throwing hand grenades.

    It was one of a series of attacks in Paris that night in which 130 people died, which the Islamic State terrorist group later claimed responsibility for. The Bataclan has not yet reopened.

    Related: This Is What Happened at the Bataclan Concert Hall During the Paris Attacks

    "Not returning to finish our set was never an option," the band said in a statement last December announcing the dates of their rescheduled European tour.

    In an emotional 19-minute interview on Monday, Hughes — a long-time advocate for access to gun ownership — told French television station iTélé that gun control did not save lives.

    "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 their firearms."

    If anything the attack had furthered his belief in the necessity of access to firearms, Hughes said.

    "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," said Hughes, who is a supporter of US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    Related: 'I Will Never Stop Rocking and Rolling': Eagles of Death Metal Make Powerful Return to Paris Stage

    "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, and I saw people die that maybe could have lived, I don't know," he said.

    Some survivors of the attack told reporters that attending the gig would help them gain closure.

    "To me it was obvious that this gig needed to be finished and the right way this time," 27-year-old survivor Lydia Berkennou told Sky News. "It will help me move forward and it is a big step, one thing that may help me close the door behind me.

    Others expressed apprehension about whether they would be able to cope with the experience emotionally.

    Guillaume Munier, 29, who survived by hiding in a toilet, told RFI English: "I'm going to go to the Olympia, but I really don't know if I'll be able to go inside."

    Hughes said he hoped the show would help him in his recovery. "I hope I can walk out on that stage and be stronger than I am being right now… This is therapy for me."

    In an interview with VICE last year, Hughes pledged the band would return to the stage. "Our friends went there to see rock 'n' roll and died. I'm going to go back there and live."

    Watch the interview here:

    Follow VICE News on Twitter: @vicenews

    Topics: eagles of death metal, paris terror attacks, paris, islamic state, europe, terrorism, bataclan, jesse hughes, gun control, war & conflict
     
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    Thats a great ending smith and western wins all the time
     
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    He is right.

    It is the liberal democrat policies and gun control that get people killed and destroy cities: See Chicago.
     
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    Good for him, he's 100% correct.
     
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    France does have it all wrong. They had 2.83 firearm deaths/100,000 in 2012. If guns were more accessible like here in the US, their rate would have only been 10.64 firearm deaths/100,000. What are they thinking?
     
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    The problem I have with the gun control rhetoric after major events like Paris, Columbine, Sandy Hook, etc. is that they are not addressing the real issues with the events. Sure if the killers in Columbine and Sandy Hook couldn't get automatic weapons, the body count could have been less but it probably wouldn't have stopped those killers from going on a homicidal killing spree.

    You never hear people talk about raising awareness about mental illness after these tragedies. That is a bigger problem with these people than their ability to get guns.

    I am not against more gun control, but I am totally against reactionary gun control measures and the rhetoric that goes with it.
     
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    Semi-automatic firearms: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semi-automatic_firearm

    Columbine was supposed to be a LP gas bomb attack. Those two dickheads fucked it up and we nuts with the firearms after the bombs didn't go off.

    Gun control didn't prevent the Paris attack, nor did it keep a nut-job from killing his own mother (broke the law) to gain access to firearms after obsessing on mass murder for a long time. No gun control measures would have prevented any of these things. Identify the kooks and lock 'em up. Allow properly-vetted citizens to carry firearms to protect themselves and others.

    "Concealed carry permits help police officers, civilians stay in the fight" http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016...-police-officers-civilians-stay-in-fight.html

    "In the past month, criminals have murdered six police officers in the line of duty. The number might have been eight if not for the actions of two concealed handgun permit holders."
     
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    I'm with George Carlin. No ammunition. Just guns. Also jives with the constitution.
     
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    What the fuck is his point?

    The police get to carry firearms, not audience's at a rock show, hence the pat downs before you enter the venue. That twat probably wouldn't have got on stage if he knew there were armed people in the crowd.
     
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    The constitution doesn't say guns, it says arms.

    arms
    ärmz/
    noun
    1. 1.
      weapons and ammunition; armaments.
      "they were subjugated by force of arms"
      synonyms:weapons, weaponry, firearms, guns, ordnance, artillery, armaments,munitions, matériel
      "the illegal export of arms"
     
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    Nobody in any of those incidents had automatic weapons. How does this myth and misunderstanding persist?
     
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    Then how did the shooter get in with a firearm?

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    "About an hour into the concert, a car pulled up outside the venue and three dark-clad men with AKM assault rifles entered the hall, the attackers fired at the security team and shattered the glass windows in the entrance of the hall."

    They didn't sneak in with guns in their jackets,
    if terrorists want to fuck shit up - they will, no amount of guns are going to save you from shit.

    For further examples of this take a look at 9/11, the Boston Bombings, 7/7 in London, The Madrid train bombings etc
     
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    I meant semi-automatic. My bad.

    Gun control is the hot button issue that gets dragged out whenever one of these things happen, but the bigger issue is usually never discussed like mental health issues or terrorism.
     
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    I wasn't trying to spread a myth. I meant semi-automatic.
     
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    Or lack of morals, parents, etc.
     
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    This should ruffle a few feathers..