Eagles of Death Metal Singer: 'Until Nobody Has Guns, Everybody Should Have Them'
As the band makes an emotional return to Paris, the frontman for the Eagles of Death Metal sounded off against France's strict gun control laws.
The band was on stage on Nov. 13 at the Bataclan concert hall when ISIS terrorists opened fire on the crowd, killing 89 people at the theater.
Vocalist Jesse Hughes and his fellow band members survived the attack, but their merchandise manager was killed.
In an interview with a French TV network ahead of the return concert, Hughes emphasized that only the terrorists had guns that night until police arrived.
"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," said Hughes.
"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 it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal. I think the only way my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them," he said.
The band returned to the stage in Stockholm on Saturday for their first official concert since the attack.
The Bataclan remains closed since the attack. The band will play at the sold-out Olympia concert hall tonight, with survivors of the terror attack in attendance.
Hughes said in a statement previously that failing to finish the concert they started "was never an option."
"The people of Paris have always been incredible to us, and our feeling of love towards this beautiful city and its people has been reinforced a million times over this past month. Hearing the stories of the survivors, the injured and those who have lost loved ones has been overwhelming," he said.
Watch the emotional interview, here. The part about France's gun laws is at the 16-minute mark.