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Eagles of Death Metal Vocalist Says Gun Control Did Not Save Lives in Paris Attacks

After living through a deadly terrorist massacre at the Bataclan theater in Paris, France where 90 people lost their lives and hundreds were injured, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes’ opinion on gun rights has not changed.

Hughes, a politically-conservative, Donald Trump supporting National Rifle Association member, responded emotionally to a question about gun control posed during a Monday television interview on the French network iTélé.

Gun control kind of doesn’t have anything to do with it, but if you want to bring it up, I’ll ask you,” he said to reporter Laurence Ferrari, “Did your French gun control stop a single f***ing 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.

[RELATED: France Declares State of Emergency, Military Enacts Full Control]

Maybe, I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal,” Hughes added, fighting back tears, “And I hate it that it’s that way. I think the only way my mind has been changed is that maybe until nobody has guns everybody has to have them, 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. I don’t know, but I wish I knew for sure if they could have had a better chance, because there were some real angels, real wonderful people in that show that aren’t alive today, and I really wish they were.

The Guardian notes that Hughes also told Agence France-Presse, “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.

[RELATED: French Prosecutor: Suspected ‘Mastermind’ of Paris Attacks Killed in Police Raid]

Eagles of Death Metal is set for a defiant return to Paris on Tuesday for the band’s first concert in the city since the coordinated November 13 terror attacks. The concert will take place at the Olympia and will feature additional security. The band invited surviving victims of the previous attack at the Bataclan to attend the show, and psychologists and psychiatrists will be on hand to help those individuals if the need arises.

According to The New York Times, Hughes told the French cable channel Canal+, “[Tuesday’s] Paris [concert] isn’t just a show. It is not a rock show; it is a lot bigger than that. It has a much bigger purpose than just entertaining this time around.

Survivors’ groups say the concert is an opportunity for some victims to heal and move past the event.

Hughes, who emphasized that he is “pro-freedom,” told iTélé, “I’m not a hero, but I love my friends. And I was raised that you have to be willing to give your life, or else it is not worth living, and you are not a member of a community. I’m not a hero, but if I had had a gun I could have changed something, and I would have been willing to do it.

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Sen. Graham: Without U.S. Boots on the Ground vs. ISIS, ‘There’s a 9/11 Coming’

U.S. Senator from South Carolina and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that the U.S. will be victimized by a terror attack if it does not send ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

I’m trying to protect America from another 9/11, and without American boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq, we’re gonna get hit here at home. And if you don’t understand that, you’re not ready to be commander-in-chief in my view,” Sen. Graham told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

[RELATED: Ron Paul on ‘What Should Be Done’ About Paris Terror Attacks]

Tapper asked Graham whether he believes that France should activate the North Atlantic Treaty’s Article 5 provision which would draw France’s NATO allies, including the U.S., into a formal, declared war against ISIS.

They should. The world should be at war with ISIL,” replied Graham.

NATO’s Article 5 provision has previously been invoked only one time — following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York City.

There is a 9/11 coming, and it is coming from Syria if we don’t disrupt their operation inside of Syria,” said Graham.

Sen. Graham called for the U.S. to declare a no-fly zone over Syria, where Russia is currently carrying out air strikes against ISIS. He also suggested that the U.S. should contribute 10,000 troops to a regional coalition to fight in the conflict.

[RELATED: Russian-Backed Syrian Army Defeats ISIS at Aleppo]

We would take back land held by ISIL and hold it until Syria repairs itself,” said Graham, advocating for a post-war U.S. occupation of portions of Iraq and Syria.

If we don’t do these things soon, what you’ve seen in Paris is coming to America,” Graham claimed.

Earlier this year, Ben Swann released a Truth in Media video exposing how U.S. foreign policy led to the rise of ISIS. Watch it in the below-embedded video player.

https://youtu.be/o6kdi1UXxhY

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