Jesse Hughes, lead singer of the Eagles of Death Metal — the band that was performing at the Bataclan in Paris, France, when terrorists attacked the venue back in November — said in an interview this week that the horrific experience changed his mind on gun control.
“I think the only way my mind has been changed is maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them, because I don’t ever want to see anything like this ever happen again,” an emotional Hughes told French outlet iTele. “I saw people die that maybe could have lived.”
He also questioned whether French gun control laws did anything to save the lives of concert attendees when chaos broke out on Nov. 13.
“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**king person from dying at the Bataclan?” Hughes said. “And if anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so.”
He continued, “I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I have ever seen in my life charging head first into the face of death with their firearms.”
Watch his comments below:
Hughes also discussed how he has struggled to push past the horrific experience, saying that, though he doesn’t experience nightmares while he sleeps, he is haunted by memories of what unfolded.
“When I’m awake is when I see things that are nightmares and I thought that talking about it would make it easier,” the singer said. “I thought that expelling it from inside of me would make me less like this, but … there’s really no frame of reference for this at all. I just wish it would go away.”
Just days after the terror attack, Hughes and his fellow Eagles of Death Metal band members spoke out in an in-depth interview with VICE, describing in detail the horrific scene that unfolded.
The band was about one hour into its set when violence broke out, with members sharing the emotional details about the horrific incident that left 89 people at the venue, with 130 killed overall in the multi-site terror attack.
“Injuries, death, and then, also, running,” said sound engineer Shawn London. “There was nowhere to go.”
London also said that one of the terrorists attempted to kill him, but missed.
“He looked right at me, and he shot at me, and he missed,” London said. “And he hit my console, and buttons went flying everywhere.”
Watch that interview in its entirety below (caution: disturbing themes and strong language):
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