A self-styled para-military outfit called a “militia” that believes they have the power to take the law into their own hands and take care of business with guns and violence, took control of the Malheur National Refuge buildings near Burns, Oregon last week.
They are upset because the Hammonds, three ranchers decided to set fires on their land, and now face serious prison time. The militia demands freedom for the trio so they can be proclaimed as heroes.
A peaceful protest on the matter turned nasty when the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, central figure in another standoff with the government over grazing rights, came to Burns with the militia with an agenda to promote his anti-government agenda.
So they took control of the federal wildlife refuge, saying they will control it “as long as it takes” and will fire on anyone who tries to enforce the law and throw them out.
Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven and organizer of the latest show of force by a milita, is not welcome in Burns by locals who says he and his armed militia should lower their weapons and go home.
“Neither Ammon Bundy nor anyone within his group/organization speak for the Hammond family,” wrote lawyer W. Alan Schroeder in a letter to Sheriff David Ward.
Dwight Hammond, the 73-year-old father facing jail time, says he and his sons will report to prison Monday to serve their sentences as ordered by a federal judge.
“We gave our word that’s what we would do, and we intend to act on it,” Hammond told The Associated Press.
So why are Bundy and his ragtag group of militia members even in Burns causing trouble?
Because they can and because they will know news cameras will follow along with those who cheer any action that opposes the government and armed violence will support them.
Beth Anne Steele, an FBI spokeswoman in Portland, Oregon, said the agency is “aware of the situation” in Burns but offered no further comment.
Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward is telling people to stay away from the refuge while “authorities work to defuse the situation.”
Defuse the situation? To hell with that. Send in the law and throw the bastards in jail and send them to prison, which is where criminals belong.
If Bundy and his ilk open fire, return fire and kill them, if necessary, to show that such actions are not only illegal, but should also not be tolerated in this nation.
Those who shout so loudly about “illegal immigrants” being lawbreakers that should be deported home should also being standing up to enforce the law against militias who ignore the law and being violence to small towns like Burns, Oregon.
Those who stand up and wave their AR-15s around and spout rhetoric about war and intimidation should get a dose of what such actions bring in retaliation against those who break the law.
Bundy and his gang came to Burns without an invitations and ignored the wishes of the locals who told them to go home. Small towns, as a general rule, aren’t fond of outsiders who come into an area to disrupt their lives.
The militia that occupies the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the high desert of eastern Oregon are outlaws defying a peaceful area that deserves better.
It is time to take them out.
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