Washington Post: ‘Did your French gun control stop a single [expletive] person from dying at the Bataclan?’
On Tuesday night, the Eagles of Death Metal finished the concert they began in Paris on Nov. 13, when terrorists interrupted their performance at the Bataclan theater in a brutal attack that killed 90 concert-goers. In total, 130 people died across the city, and many more were injured.
Performing at the Olympia Concert Hall on Boulevard des Capucines, the rough-and-tumble California rock band invited all of the survivors of the November attacks to attend; many were in the audience. “It’s the first concert of the rest of my life,” one of them, Emilie, told Le Monde.
Although not all of them could make it through the entire performance — some, visibly distressed, left midway through, carrying signs in honor of lost loved ones — it was an evening ultimately devoted to the enduring strength of Paris itself.
Jesse Hughes, the band’s frontman, held up a shirt at one point that read: “Live for Paris.” As he told the audience: “You’re stuck with me: I’m Parisian now.”
That would make Hughes only the latest in a long line of Americans who have proclaimed — following famous words of the expatriate writer Gertrude Stein — that “America is my country, and Paris is my home town.” But the rock musician’s outspoken political opinions, specifically on the question of gun control, run the risk of alienating him from fellow denizens of the City of Light.
In an interview with the French TV station iTélé, Hughes, a National Rifle Association supporter and gun enthusiast, had the following to say on the subject: “I’ll ask you: Did your French gun control stop a single [expletive] person from dying at the Bataclan? And if anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so.” As he continued: “It just seems like God made men and women, and, that night, guns made them equal. Maybe until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them.”
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