Jindal: Westboro Baptist Church members 'will be locked up' if they protest funerals

Jindal: Westboro Baptist Church members 'will be locked up' if they protest funerals

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - People across south Louisiana will have heavy hearts throughout the day, as two families prepare to say their final goodbyes to victims of the Lafayette movie theater shooting.

Funeral services for Mayci Breaux, 21, of Franklin, will get underway at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption in Franklin. Meanwhile, services for Jillian Johnson, 33, of Lafayette, will be at the Delhomme Chapel of Flowers in Lafayette at 12:30 p.m.

Gov. Bobby Jindal made his intentions clear on Sunday during CBS's "Face the Nation" about what he would do to make sure members of the Westboro Baptist Church don't disrupt funeral services. The church is based in Topeka, Kansas. Its members are known for protesting at military funerals and those of victims of mass violence. They warn of God's hate for various sins.

"If they come here to Louisiana, if they try to disrupt this funeral, we're going to lock them up," Jindal said. "We're going to arrest them. They shouldn't try that in Louisiana. We won't abide by that here. Let these families grieve. Let them celebrate their daughters, their children, their spouses, their loved ones' lives in peace. They better not try that nonsense here."

The Louisiana governor also said the man responsible for Thursday's shootings at the Grand 16 Theatre "shouldn't have been able to buy a gun." He said "every state" should strengthen their laws so information reported from background check system is factual and accurate.

Jindal noted that law enforcement is going through journals and other evidence to try to find out why the man responsible chose Lafayette to carry out the shooting.

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