If you’re looking for a calm, measured response on common sense gun control laws, it’s safe to say that you’re probably not going to get one from All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte. The outspoken libertarian is a big second amendment proponent, and is among those that feel that anything the government tries to change about mentally ill 18 year-olds being allowed to buy guns is unamerican. So it’s not particularly surprising that he came to Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes’ defense in a tweet. Hughes, himself a survivor of a mass shooting, called the youth movement stemming from last month’s Parkland, FL school shooting “pathetic” and “disgusting” in an Instagram post. Backlash was swift and immediate, and the post is now deleted. However, Hughes is entitled to freedom of speech, and Labonte commended him for speaking his mind in a tweet.
I applaud Jesse for speaking his mind at such a difficult time to do so. Considering his experience, I think his opinion is something that needs to be heard. https://t.co/AzUlTOfrsY
— Phil (@philthatremains) March 26, 2018
It’s hard to argue with Labonte here. It’s been frustrating to see students who are using their experience to demand common sense gun laws be labeled as being exploited by Hollywood and liberal billionaires just so they can play hooky, which is more or less what the NRA said of the “Never Again” movement. It’s also frustrating to see Hughes accusing them of exploiting the deaths of their classmates just so they can be in the spotlight after he himself was the subject of a documentary about surviving his mass shooting. But he does have the right to speak his opinion, even if it appears his career might suffer from it.
Theprp points out that just last week, Labonte pointed out that among the guns that he thinks people “need” include AR-15s, which was what Nikolas Cruz slaughtered 17 with at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and among the weapons Stephen Paddock used to kill 58 people with last year in Las Vegas.