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France: Eagles of Death Metal ‘finish’ Paris gig after frontman touts gun-ownership01:31

France: Eagles of Death Metal ‘finish’ Paris gig after frontman touts gun-ownership

France, Paris
February 17, 2016 at 00:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Fans gathered to support the Eagles of Death Metal in Paris's Olympia venue on Tuesday, as the band performed their first concert in the French capital since the November attacks. The concert comes after the group’s frontman Jesse Hughes questioned France’s gun control policy in relation to the attacks, saying "I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal.”

Some 90 people were killed after gunmen opened fire on the band's concert at the Bataclan theatre on 13th November last year. Hughes, an open supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said earlier in the day that restrictions on guns in France had helped to enable the militant attacks.

He posed the question during an interview on French television "Did your French gun control stop a single fucking person from dying at the Bataclan? 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." He added “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, I don’t know.”

One of the survivors, who had come to the Olympia in order to show his support for the band, said that people needed to go on with their lives, stressing "We have to end the story, to continue to live. It's important to not give up and to come back."

After a series of coordinated attacks were carried out at six different locations across Paris over the course of the November evening, 130 people were killed with the French government declaring a state of emergency.

France: Eagles of Death Metal ‘finish’ Paris gig after frontman touts gun-ownership01:31
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Fans gathered to support the Eagles of Death Metal in Paris's Olympia venue on Tuesday, as the band performed their first concert in the French capital since the November attacks. The concert comes after the group’s frontman Jesse Hughes questioned France’s gun control policy in relation to the attacks, saying "I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal.”

Some 90 people were killed after gunmen opened fire on the band's concert at the Bataclan theatre on 13th November last year. Hughes, an open supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said earlier in the day that restrictions on guns in France had helped to enable the militant attacks.

He posed the question during an interview on French television "Did your French gun control stop a single fucking person from dying at the Bataclan? 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." He added “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, I don’t know.”

One of the survivors, who had come to the Olympia in order to show his support for the band, said that people needed to go on with their lives, stressing "We have to end the story, to continue to live. It's important to not give up and to come back."

After a series of coordinated attacks were carried out at six different locations across Paris over the course of the November evening, 130 people were killed with the French government declaring a state of emergency.

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