Hughes was back in Paris to finish the November concert that was cut short when ISIL-affiliated gunmen stormed the Bataclan theatre and killed 89 attendees. Before the show, he shared his opinion that having armed concertgoers could have saved lives.
“I think the only thing that stopped [the attack] 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… I know people will disagree with me… but that night guns made them equal. And I hate it that it’s that way… Until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.”
Hughes is a member of the National Rifle Association, and he told AFP that he regularly carries a gun when he is stateside.
“I don’t go anywhere in America without a gun anymore. That sucks. And I’m not paranoid. I’m not a cowboy… but I want to be prepared.”
He also said that he considers returning to the Bataclan and performing to be a form of therapy.
“I hope I can walk out on that stage and be stronger than I am being right now. I don’t want to fall to pieces in front of everyone. That is my biggest fear. This is therapy for me.”
Eagles of Death Metal had previously returned to Paris to join U2 onstage for “People Have the Power.”
(Via Yahoo News)