As the March For Our Lives was taking place across the globe, Jesse Hughes – who survived the terrorist attack in Paris in 2015 – slammed the Parkland survivors as ‘vile abusers of the dead.’
UPDATE 12:15 a.m. — April 1st: Jesse Hughes has released a statement apologizing for his comments directed at the Parkland students. He said in part: “Recently I made posts on my Instagram that did not communicate how I feel about a variety of topics. What I’d intended to be a statement about the hijacking by any side of the aisle of the beautiful agenda of a movement of our nation’s youth came off seeming like a mean-spirited, personal attack and slight of the youth themselves and even a personal attack of its leadership. I want to be clear I never intended for that to happen. I was not attempting to impugn the youth of America and this beautiful thing they’ve accomplished… I truly am sorry, I did not mean to hurt anyone or cause any harm. As someone who has watched their friends shot in front of their eyes and seen people killed that they loved, I should have handled this more maturely and responsibly and I did not do that … and I messed up.”
Jesse Hughes, 45, made it abundantly clear that though he was also a survivor of a mass shooting, the Eagles of Death Metal was not on the side of the hundreds of thousands partaking in the March For Our Lives. Jesse attacked the march and the Parkland survivors in a series of Instagram posts on March 25, according to Consequence of Sound. “The Whitney Houston song about letting the children lead the way wasn’t actually had operating paradigm for life,” he captioned a now deleted post, one that equated gun control laws to having a man cutting off his penis to prevent rape. “And when the truth don’t line up with your bullshit narrative, just hold your breath and stamp your feet and refused to except it…. then take multiple days off of school playing hooky at the expense of 16 of your classmates blood….!…. it might be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic and disgusting … “
“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,” Jesse added. “Long Live Rock’n’Roll….. and may everyone 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….”
In a second post, in which he shared the photoshopped picture of Emma González ripping up a gun range target (but was manipulated to look like she was tearing the U.S. Constitution) Jesse continued his attack. “Behold … the Awful Face Of Treason…..survivor of Nothing….Lover of Treason…..enjoy your little moment…..it’s about to End … #stupidity #hatersofliberty #loversofsatan #borntolose #2ndamendment”
A third post was a right-wing meme about “pills that are hard to swallow,” which said that “guns aren’t going anywhere,” “there are only two genders,” and “Donald Trump will be your president for 7 more years.” Jesse finished his Instagram ranting session by sharing a picture of a pro-Second Amendment patch. “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…..” He ultimately deleted the posts, but not before they could be captured.
For those who forgot, Jesse was on stage at the Bataclan theater during the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. Gunmen opened fire on the crowd of around 1,500, killing 89 people (a total of 130 people lost their lives during the attacks.)
Though his attacks on the Parkland survivors are shocking, Jesse’s politics are not, as he has been a vocal proponent of the rights of gun owners. “I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal,” he said in 2016, according to Rolling Stone. “I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them, because I don’t want to see anything like this ever happen again, and I want everyone to have the best chance to live.
“I saw people die that maybe could have lived,” he added. “I don’t know, but I wish I knew for sure that if they could have had a better chance, because there were some real angels, real wonderful people at that show.”