Below is commentary from Congressman Higgins on the NFAC’s planned actions in Lafayette:
“Media reports that I’ve issued an apology are false. In what was intended as a private communication, I extended a diplomatic gesture to Mr. Johnson and offered to meet with him in person. I was respectful and kind, humble, and unassuming. I offered a table of discussion. That’s what leaders do. Nowhere in that conversation did I apologize, nor do I have any intention to do so. I have nothing to apologize for. When Mr. Johnson published our conversation and mischaracterized its content, he violated a basic tenet of diplomatic trust. Mr. Johnson burned the olive branch. There will be no meeting. There will be no apology. It’s disappointing that media outlets would ignore my clearly established stance by repeating and headlining a summary lie. Secretly recording a private diplomatic outreach and publishing same, accompanied by a blatantly false summary, are not the actions of a man actually interested in advancing the cause of We, the People. That’s what Mr. Johnson did. I reached out in the interest of peace and reason. I offered a bridge of man to man communication. He burned that bridge.”
“As a Constitutionalist, I recognize Mr. Johnson’s group’s right to peaceably assemble. I have been unwavering in my support for 1st Amendment rights, and my record for support of 2nd Amendment freedoms is known nationwide. I do not believe Mr. Johnson’s assembly carries any violent intent. However, our stance remains clear. Lima Charlie. Lafayette is solid. Peaceful assembly will be allowed, as it should be. Violence, on the other hand, will not be tolerated.”
KADN/KLAF- A self- described black militia is planning to demonstrate in Lafayette this weekened in response to U.S. Republican Clay Higgins' recent threats to personally shoot and kill them. News 15 was at an LCG press conference that addressed Saturday's event. MAyor President Josh Guillory said the community has voiced their concerns with this formation but he says law enforcement and the city is preparing for this event just like they would any type of parade, like Mardi Gras, to protect those involved in the community. Guillory says the NFAC group that is coming to Lafayette Saturday filed for a aprade permit at Park San Souci earlier this week and has been in contact with the city Government and law enforcement. The founder and leader of the group is demanding an apology from Clay Higgins after he posted to Facebook months ago with the leader and groups picture warning that " If this shows up" in Lousiaiana , he would " Drop any 10 of you where you stand." He added that he and other Louisiana residents would " eliminate the threat," and that NFAC members "won't walk away." Sheriff Garber says the public should not be concerned by this march or formation this weekend. Attached is a map of firearm-free zones with the clerk of court’s office.
The permitted route for this event complies with these firearm-free zone requirements.