- The Washington Times - Monday, March 26, 2018

Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, a gun-rights advocate whose band survived the 2015 terrorist attack at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, railed against the March for Our Lives protesters in several social media posts, calling them “pathetic” and “disgusting vile abusers of the dead.”

After hundreds of thousands of students and activists gathered on the National Mall to call for stricter gun control laws in the wake of last month’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Mr. Hughes posted five messages on Instagram, three of which have since deleted, attacking the protesters as attention-seeking know-nothings.

In one of the remaining posts, Mr. Hughes shared a cartoon of a woman telling a man, “I turned in my gun to do my part in ending violence,” to which the man replies, “I chopped off my own d—k to stop rape.” Mr. Hughes then accused the Parkland student activists, who organized Saturday’s protests, of “exploiting” the deaths of their classmates “for a few Facebook likes and some media attention.”

“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,” the singer wrote. “[A]nd 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.”

In a deleted post, he shared a Photoshopped image of student protester Emma González supposedly ripping the Constitution in half, The Guardian reported. The original photo, from a Teen Vogue photoshoot, pictures Ms. González tearing a gun range target in two. Mr. Hughes described the teen as: “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”.

According to The Guardian, another deleted post showed a bottle of pills labeled “Hard to Swallow”, followed by an image of a hand holding three pills, each bearing a caption: “Our guns aren’t going anywhere,” “There are only 2 genders” and “Donald Trump will be your president for 7 more years.”

Another post that remains on Mr. Hughes‘ account said he would be creating a separate Instagram account for his political musings and leave his verified band account for rock ‘n’ roll postings only.

“I’ve always believed in the motto I may not agree with what you’re saying but I’ll die for your right to say it,” he wrote. “Saddens me to see so many not have this motto for the same….. but this is my Instagram for Rock’n’Roll and I think I’m going to keep it that way….. i’m going to start a second Instagram for where I shall put my political beliefs…. I love every lover of Rock’n’Roll and And every lover of Rock’n’Roll is welcome here check your politics at the door and I’ll start with myself.”

Mr. Hughes‘ California-based band was performing onstage on Nov. 13, 2015, when three Islamic extremists armed with AKM rifles stormed the Bataclan theatre in Paris and killed 89 people. The mass shooting was one in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris that killed 130 people in total.

Several months later, Mr. Hughes claimed he saw Muslims “celebrating in the street” after the attacks and accused Bataclan security staff, who he claimed were Muslims, of helping coordinate the theater massacre.

He also credited his survival on growing up around guns and trusting in God.

“I knew what gunfire was. I was able to think through it,” Mr. Hughes said. “I was also able to remember practical lessons of my life because I had to be in fights as a kid. My mom didn’t go sue anyone. I didn’t have play dates. I had some practical upbringing growing up in the desert where you got to get yourself out of your problems. Also, the reason I’ve done well with this healing process is everything I was raised to believe was affirmed that night. In a way, that’s a blessing of God.”

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