The lead rocker for the band playing at Bataclan in Paris last November when terrorists launched an attack that killed 130 people in multiple locations is making headlines today by observing in an emotional interview that “until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.”
The timing is ironic, considering that the weekend death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia set off a furious debate over his replacement, and how that might affect court rulings, particularly on the Second Amendment. Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz has already tapped into the concern of gun owners, if only to predict that Donald Trump would appoint a liberal justice to the high court to undo Scalia’s legacy.
As noted by Newsmax, Cruz told ABC News on “This Week” that, “If you vote for Donald Trump in this next election, you are voting for undermining our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”
But Cruz’ remarks are getting less attention this morning than those from Eagles of Death Metal co-founder Jesse Hughes. He is being widely quoted by the press for criticizing French gun laws and insisting that people died in November, including dozens at the concert his band was playing at Bataclan, intimating that they were defenseless. The ban will play again tonight in Paris at the Olympia Theater, ostensibly finishing its interrupted November performance. Bataclan has been closed since the terror attack.
Hughes was reportedly asked if the massacre had changed his views on gun control, according to Fox News. Evidently, his opinions about guns appear to have crystalized. Don’t expect Eagles of Death Metal to be invited to perform at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser.
Her campaign chatter about equality pale in comparison to Hughes’ observation that, “I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal. I hate it that it’s that way.
“I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them,” he continued. “Because I don’t ever want to see anything like this ever happen again and I want everyone to have the best chance to live and I saw people die that maybe could have lived.”
Hughes said something else that could endear him to gun rights activists who remember the aftermath of Sandy Hook, when the National Rifle Associations’ Wayne LaPierre made the now-famous assessment that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” LaPierre was savaged for that comment.
But here’s what Hughes said to a reporter: “Did your French gun control stop a single person from dying at the Bataclan? 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.”
Making matters slightly worse for the gun prohibition lobby, the Washington Post is today offering rare criticism of anti-gunners who have angrily turned on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his restoration of concealed carry reciprocity agreements with 25 states. In exchange, McAuliffe got tighter restrictions on people with restraining orders.
Perhaps the WaPo is finally “getting it” about the gun prohibition movement. Likening anti-gunners to “revolutionaries run amok,” the newspaper’s editorial board says they are wrong to complain about the McAuliffe agreement. Further, the newspaper declares, “Gun control advocates, including Everytown’s chief, John Feinblatt, are disingenuous.”
The newspaper seems to be scratching its editorial head, wondering why the gun prohibitionists are “blind” to what the WaPo describes as a win for gun control. Perhaps the editorial board is on the cusp of an epiphany, realizing that it’s not public safety the anti-gunners seek, but a complete ban on private gun ownership. They don’t want people to have them, much less carry them in public, which is what reciprocity is all about.
After years of calling the “gun lobby” inflexible, in the wake of what many call a compromise from which both sides got something, it is the anti-gun camp that is now revealed to be the stubborn lot. They want gun owners to surrender everything.
It’s an interesting world. A rock musician who survived a terrorist attack seems to have clearly sorted things out about firearms ownership and gun control, while the editorial board for one of America’s leading mainstream newspapers seems a bit confused about which side of the gun control battle makes more sense.
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