The Eagles of Death Metal were performing in the Bataclan theater in Paris when Muslim terrorists launched a widspread attack at multiple locations in Paris last November. Two of the terrorists attacked the concert, killing 89 people.
The band escaped the attack largely due to dumb luck (and bad shooting). Jesse Hughes, frontman for the band, is a gun rights advocate, and is now blasting French gun laws for keeping the good guys from being armed, and made it easier for the terrorists to conduct their massacre unchallenged.
The Paris terrorist attacks shouldn’t be exploited to clamp down on guns, insists Jesse Hughes, the front man for the band that was performing when 89 people were killed in the Bataclan theater last year.
Hughes’ band, Eagles of Death Metal, was about an hour into its performance when gunmen stormed in and opened fire in one of the coordinated attacks across the city on Nov. 13.
In an interview Monday with the French television station iTélé, Hughes — a longtime gun-rights activist — maintained not only that French gun restrictions didn’t inhibit the terrorists but that they actually made it easier for them.
“Did your French gun control stop a single [expletive] 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. 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.”
Hughes is clearly suffering from the effects of post-traumatic stress after surviving the attack. The following video clip is honest, raw, and painful to watch.
Hughes and the The Eagles of Death Metal will bravely return to Paris and play at the Olympic theater on Tuesday.
It is worth noting that Hughes was proven correct in noting that only people armed with guns can effectively counteract terrorists, as that apparently did happen in the Paris attacks. Multiple foreign language sources indicate that two of the eight attackers were killed shortly after beginning their attack on a cafe by three of the cafe’s customers. The three drew concealed weapons and shot the terrorists to death before surrendering to French police. It’s a stretch to call these three men, later identified as Columbian cocaine cartel members, “good guys with guns,” but in the context of the attacks, they were at least the “better bad guys.”
Here’s a Google-translated account of the attack cut short by three men carrying concealed weapons.
On Friday several attacks were recorded in Paris, leaving at least 129 people dead. At that time, in a restaurant of the 10th district of the city, arrived two armed men, who began shooting at the audience. However, three people who were at the scene, drew their weapons and killed the attackers, so French media reported. Elements police arrested three individuals who are originally from Colombia and operators of the Cartel del Norte country. it is expected that the extradition to Colombia is made, and therein be judged accordingly. the Paris Police Department said the identity of the three individuals is anonymous because of security issues.
Just like the police officer in Garland, Texas, who was able to stop two terrorists with his issued handgun before SWAT arrived to finish the job, these three men who had concealed handguns and apparently some level of training were able to put down terrorists armed with long guns were were not as well trained and who did not expect resistance.
Get armed. Get good training. Be hard to kill.
Someday, it might be you or one of the other 12+ million concealed carriers in the United States that saves countless lives.