Armed anti-government protesters have taken over a building in a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, accusing officials of unfairly punishing ranchers who refused to sell their land.
These dudes are bold.
They say they’re going to be in the U.S. Government owned building “for as long as it takes”.
One of these protesters isn’t new to the practice of taking up arms in protests against the government. That protester is Ammon Bundy.
Ammon is the 40-year-old son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who is the well-known Nevada rancher turned conservative folk hero that pushed back against federal government’s attempts to stop his cattle from grazing on public land.
Ammon says this latest protest is an effort to get the federal government to restore the “people’s constitutional rights.”
The irony here is hard to miss.
The fact that a group or armed protesters can take over a piece of government property for three days and no law enforcement even shows up is is a perfect example of how the constitution is applicable to groups depending upon who they are.
There have been some recent protests here in America where participants standing legally on the street, without guns were met with force by law enforcement and removed from the street. Some were even locked up.
This group is occupying part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns.
The occupation spawned from a gathering outside of the refuge supporting Dwight and Steven Hammond, father-and-son ranchers who were convicted of arson.
Prosecutors said the Hammonds set a fire that burned about 130 acres in 2001 to cover up poaching. They were sentenced to five years in prison.
The Hammond duo served five years in jail. After they were released a federal judge felt the sentence was too light and tacked on some additional time.
The Hammonds willingly turned themselves into authorities and went back to jail
While I’m not a supporter of extreme acts like this I do have to admit these folks being in this building are sure as hell proving the point that there is a glaring imbalance present in policing, and the criminal justice system as a whole in America.