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LA – GUN RIGHTS – Clay Higgins says on Facebook that armed demonstrators ‘won’t walk away’ from Louisiana protests

Amid growing concerns about violent clashes between protesters across the country, U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins on Tuesday suggested in a social-media post that armed demonstrators at Louisiana protests should be met with force. In a Facebook post Tuesday that featured a picture of Black men carrying assault-style weapons and other tactical gear, Higgins, R-Lafayette, said that anyone arriving in the state “aggressively natured and armed” would have a “one way ticket.” “I’d drop any 10 of you where you stand,” said the post, which was removed not long after appearing on Higgins’ official campaign account. “Nothing personal. We just eliminate the threat. We don’t care what color you are. We don’t care if you’re left or right. if you show up like this, if We recognize threat…you won’t walk away.” Facebook removed the post for breaking the company’s “Violence and Incitement” policies, a company spokesperson confirmed late Tuesday. The picture Higgins attached was taken from news coverage of an armed group of protesters marching in Louisville earlier this summer to protest the killing of Breonna Taylor during a botched police raid. Higgins is a loud champion of gun rights — including the right to openly carry firearms in public, which is legal in Louisiana — and regularly wears a handgun while in the state. The statement from Higgins comes amid protests in Lafayette over the death of Trayford Pellerin, who was shot and killed by Lafayette Police on Evangeline Thruway on Aug. 21. Protesters have also denounced Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s response to Pellerin’s death, expressing no sympathy for Pellerin’s family in his initial statement. About 40 to 50 heavily armed members of a right-wing militia group — the Louisiana Cajun Militia, which formed four years ago to oppose the removal of Confederate monuments — showed up at a Tuesday night Black Lives Matter demonstration outside Lafayette City Hall.  [full article]

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