In the months since 89 people were killed in a terrorist attack on Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, members of the Eagles of Death Metal haven’t stayed quiet. Although part of the terrorist attack occurred at its concert, the band announced it would resume its tour, now dubbed “Nos Amis,” meaning “Our Friends” in French, in December.
The rock group was to perform again in Paris on Feb. 16, but ahead of the show, lead singer Jesse Hughes told reporters at iTele he thinks everyone should have a gun.
“Gun control kind of doesn’t have anything to do with it, but if you want to bring it up, I’ll ask you: Did your French gun control stop a single f------ person from dying at the Bataclan? If anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it,” Hughes said, according to BuzzFeed.
“Until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them. Because I don’t want to ever see anything like this ever happen again,” he said.
Despite France’s lack of guns, Hughes praised the French people as "incredibly strong and determined.”
Before the terrorist attack, Hughes was a member of the National Rifle Association and advocated for gun ownership. In a separate interview with Le Parisien, Hughes said, "Me, my only weapon is my guitar. And my guitar kills a-------.”
Hughes, who was more moderate in that interview, said: "I support the right of all to carry a weapon to defend themselves. The arms help to defend themselves, right?”
The Feb. 16 show won’t be held at the Bataclan, where the shooting occurred, but the venue is expected to be reopened before the end of 2016, NPR reported. Survivors of that shooting were offered free tickets to the Eagles of Death Metal’s Paris show, “where police, soldiers and psychologists will be on standby.”