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This past weekend, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the March for Our Lives protests in support of stricter gun control legislation. In response to the demonstrations, Eagles of Death Metal frontman and mass shooting survivor Jesse Hughes has called the participants “disgusting vile abusers of the dead,” in addition to throwing out various other criticisms of the march.
Hughes — a grown man who uses the handle @fatherbadass on Instagram — began a series of posts on the social media platform by sharing an illustration equating men dismembering themselves to end rape to handing in guns to end gun violence.
“Obviously … The best thing to do to combat chronic abusers and disregarders of the law (like the law against Murder) is to … pass another Law,” he wrote in the accompanying caption. “But before we pass this law we’re going to denigrate the memory and curse ourselves by exploiting the death of 16 of our fellow students for a few
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Hughes then recalled his own experience of surviving the terrorist attack in Paris on November 13, 2015, when armed terrorists attacked the Bataclan venue and killed 89 people. He wrote, “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 Guardian notes that a deleted post found Hughes sharing a doctored image of student protestor Emma González ripping a copy of the United States Constitution in half, with the caption “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.”
The original photo of González, taken for a Teen Vogue photoshoot, pictures her ripping a gun range target.
Consequence of Sound also points out that a third deleted post saw Hughes share an illustration of a pill jar labelled “Hard to Swallow,” followed by an image of a hand holding three pills, each bearing the captions “Our guns aren’t going anywhere,” “There are only 2 genders” and “Donald Trump will be your president for 7 more years.”
Hughes wrote in the caption that he would report threats against him from “moronic dingdong headed losers” to the FBI.
The Guardian also notes that a fourth deleted post found Hughes sharing an image of a pro-second amendment patch, captioned, “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…..”
A fifth post, apparently made after deleting the previous three, found Hughes sharing a photograph of a ceramic eagle. Hughes wrote in the caption, “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. Saddens me to see so many not have this motto for the same…..”
He added that he would start a second Instagram account for his political beliefs.
Back in 2016, Hughes came under fire after the Bataclan attacks for pro-gun comments and allegations that venue security staff may have been in on the attack.