Mass shooting survivor Jesse Hughes will NOT be exploited by other mass shooting survivors in their plight to end mass shootings.
The frontman of Eagles of Death Metal, the rock band that was playing in a Paris theater in 2015 when it was hit by a terrorist attack, has publicly condemned the Parkland shooting survivors over their passionate demonstrations for gun reform.
In a series of now-deleted posts on Instagram, the crisis rocker called the teen activists “vile abusers of the dead,” claiming they were “exploiting” the deaths of their classmates with their media takeover. He wrote:
“When the truth don’t line up with your bullshit narrative just hold your breath and stamp your feet and refused to except it… It might be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic and disgusting.”
Hughes went on to use his own experience surviving the terror attack at the Bataclan theater, where Islamic State militants killed 89 people, to illustrate just how insulting those Parkland kids are to him:
“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…..Long Live Rock’n’Roll….. and may everyone [sic] of these disgusting vile abusers of the dead live as long as possible so they can have the maximum amount of time to endure their shame….and be Cursed….”
Is it really exploiting the dead when they are trying to prevent similar deaths from happening? If anything, they’re honoring the victims!
After deleting his first few posts, Hughes shared more anti-gun reform beliefs by posting a photograph of a pro-second amendment patch, along with the caption:
“I can tell you right now that the actions of these misguided youth and evil communists is making me feel terrified… with every broadcast of a willing and complicit press I feel the wall of security that the Constitution provides being taken down bit by bit…..”
To illustrate this point, Hughes shared a doctored image of survivor Emma González teen tearing up the Constitution, calling her “the awful face of treason” and a “survivor of nothing.” (In reality, she tore up a gun-target poster for a Teen Vogue photoshoot.)
This isn’t the first time Hughes has denounced tougher gun control laws. Just months after the Paris attacks, he said of France’s policies:
“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.”
Clearly, the rocker was affected by his tragedy MUCH differently than the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. Sending thoughts and prayers his way.