The “March For Our Lives” protest saw thousands of Americans walking in solidarity to continue the conversation of gun control. There have been plenty who have spoken out in opposition, but none have resonated as much as Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes, a survivor of a terrorist attack in Paris in 2015.
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“Obviously … The best thing to do to combat chronic abusers and disregarders of the law (like the law against Murder) is to … pass another Law,” Hughes wrote in an Instagram tirade.
“But before we pass this law we’re going to denigrate the memory and curse ourselves by exploiting the death of 16 of our fellow students for a few Facebook likes and some media attention.”
He explained that in Paris in 2015, he and his bandmates had an active shooter in the venue and not having guns to protect themselves was the issue — not the answer.
“Look how well civil rights abuses as it concerns firearms helped to protect me and my friends in Paris,” he wrote.”As the survivor of a mass shooting I can tell you from first-hand experience that all of you protesting and taking days off from school insult the memory of those who were killed and abuse and insult me and every other lover of liberty by your every action.”
Hughes then set his sights on the students of Parkland High School who he says are “disgusting vile abusers of the dead.”
“The Whitney Houston song about letting the children lead the way wasn’t actually had operating paradigm for life … And when the truth don’t line up with your b******t narrative just hold your breath and stamp your feet and refused to except it … then take multiple days off of school playing hooky at the expense of 16 of your classmates blood … it might be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic and disgusting.”
This isn’t the first time Hughes has stirred up a hornet’s nest with his comments on mass shootings. Accoridng to Rolling Stone, Hughes said the Bataclan shooting was “an inside job.” His statement lacked any merit, and he later apologized.
The New York Post reported that over 100 people died in the shooting, including Hughes’ merchandise manager.
Below is a video of Vice News speaking to Hughes and other bandmates about the shooting that still haunts him to this day.