Jesse Hughes, lead singer of the band Eagles of Death Metal, has made some changes in his life since he, his band, and his audience was attacked by terrorists. The attack, which took place in November 2015 in Paris at the Bataclan Theater, killed 90 people when radical Islamic fundamentalists entered the Bataclan and opened fire on the unarmed crowd. It will not happen again to Hughes if he has anything to do about it. That’s because Hughes is now a card-carrying and firearm-carrying member of the NRA.
Hughes now says he never travels anywhere without his gun. “I don’t go anywhere in America without a gun anymore,” he said. “That sucks. And I’m not paranoid. I’m not a cowboy … but I wanna be prepared.”
The Eagles of Death Metal lead singer appears to see gun ownership as a matter purely of self-protection, as the events in Paris nearly cost him his life.
In an interview with The Guardian, Hughes said that in a world where guns exist, everyone must be able to protect themselves. “I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them,” he said. “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.”
They also went back to the scene of the atrocity, taking a band photo outside the Bataclan theater where memorial wreaths were laid in honor of those who lost their lives.
The Eagles of Death Metal vow to be the first band to play at the Bataclan upon its reopening. Hughes promised to be there saying, “I take it as a very sacred duty. I feel we were elected by circumstances to represent this for good or bad. I take that as a responsibility I’m charged by God to do.”