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Eagles Of Death Metal Frontman Says Everyone Should Be Armed

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Jesse Hughs, who was present during the Paris terrorist attack at the Bataclan Theater as the frontman of the Eagles of Death Metal, told a Paris TV station that he thinks everyone should be armed.

Jesse Hughes was in the middle of a show at the Bataclan Theater in Paris on Nov. 13 when the concert was interrupted by gunfire. While Hughes and his bandmates were able to escape, their merchandise manager and over 80 concert attendees were not so lucky. Hughes described the traumatic experience in a tearful interview with VICE.

In an interview with French TV station iTélé, Hughes was emotional when talking about the experience and the band's return to Paris to perform. When asked if the experience had changed his opinions on gun control, he first said that gun control "didn't have anything to with it," but then in part blamed France's strict gun control laws on the success of the terrorist attack.

"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. "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, and I saw people die that maybe could have lived. I don't know, but I wish I knew for sure that if they could have had a better chance, because there were some real angels, real wonderful people at that show."

The bit about guns making men and women equal relates to an old line about revolver inventor and Colt's Manufacturing Founder Samuel Colt,
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"Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal."

Hughes position on gun control has always long been in favor of gun ownership, and he is a member of the NRA, according to the Guardian. Hughes also said that he now takes a gun everywhere he goes in the U.S. in an interview with Agence France-Presse.

Tonight, the Eagles of Death Metal will once again take the stage in Paris, this time at Olympia concert hall. Free tickets have been offered to those who survived the Bataclan attacks, and there will also be counselors at the show for any fans that would like to talk. The show will also be protected by soldiers and armed police.

This will be the band's first full show in Paris since the attack, though they did join U2 for a cover of Patti Smith's "People Have the Power" late last year, Rolling Stone reports. The band also played one of their own songs—"I Love You All The Time."