Protestors explain why they’ve had #enough and their thoughts on gun control during the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Jarrad Henderson, USA TODAY
Saturday’s March for Our Lives rally was the subject of a curse word and ellipses-filled rant from Eagles of Death Metal
Writing on his personal Instagram page Sunday, Hughes told the survivors of February’s shooting in Parkland, Fla., that they had insulted the memories of their dead classmates and teachers by staging a walkout and taking days off school to travel to New York for media interviews and Washington for Saturday’s March for Our Lives.
He also pointed out that France’s gun control laws hadn’t protected him and his friends that night in Paris.
Before passing what he considered another useless law, Hughes wrote, “We’re going to denigrate the memory and curse ourselves by exploiting the death of 16 of our fellow students for a few Facebook likes and some media attention.”
He dismissed their demands for legislative action on guns as simplistic, writing, “This almost sounds like the plan of a kid, maybe like a high school student,” he continued. “Oh wait, that’s right … The Whitney Houston song about letting the children lead the way wasn’t actually (an) operating paradigm for life.”
Hughes then said that when the truth didn’t fit their “(expletive) narrative,” the students held their breath and stamped their feet and refused to accept it. Then they took “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.”
Hughes continued, “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.”
More than 800 rallies took place around the world Saturday in solidarity with the ‘March for Our Lives’ rally in the United States. USA TODAY
He ended with an actual curse: “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.”
Hughes has previously stated that gun control is not the answer and that his own experience in Paris had validated his views.
In February 2016, he told French television station iTélé, “Until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them.”
During that same interview, he asked the reporter, “Did your French gun control stop a single (expletive) person from dying at the Bataclan?”
A month later, Hughes, who said that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, apologized for suggesting that the security team at the Bataclan was complicit in the attack. (After six guards didn’t show up for work the night of Nov. 13, he remarked, “It seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up.”)
The band’s management did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment on Hughes’ latest remarks.
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