The Bundy family of Nevada joined with hard-core militiamen Saturday to take over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, vowing to occupy the remote federal outpost 50 miles southeast of Burns for years.So I'm quite a bit conflicted on how the Feds handled the issue last time. As revolting as Bundy and his ilk are, I'm kind of glad that it ended without anybody getting hurt. Sure, he stiffed the government of a substantial amount of money, but I don't know if that would be worth the cost of actual lives.
The occupation came shortly after an estimated 300 marchers – militia and local citizens both – paraded through Burns to protest the prosecution of two Harney County ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who are to report to prison Monday.
Among the occupiers is Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and two of his brothers. Militia members at the refuge claimed they had as many as 150 supporters with them. The refuge was closed and unoccupied for the weekend.
In phone interviews from inside the occupied building Saturday night, Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan Bundy, said they are not looking to hurt anyone. But they would not rule out violence if law enforcement tries to remove them, they said, though they declined to elaborate.
“The facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds,” Ammon Bundy said.
“We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,” he added. “This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”
On the other hand, these idiots have literally threatened to KILL any federal agents that came onto their property! We are not talking about a bunch of hippies protesting with daisies and guitars. These scumbags are armed to the teeth, and are practically begging to become martyrs for their incredibly shitty cause.
Now we have to once again deal with these right-wing extremist shenanigans.
And the thing that bugs me the most is the gigantic level of disparity in how the law doles out punishment based on the kind of people involved. We've had people like Sean Hannity say that the use of excessive force was perfectly fine against Eric Garner because he was flailing his arms around, not because he was attempting to be violent, but because he couldn't breathe! We've had people like Elisabeth Hasselbeck argue that Sandra Bland lighting a cigarette was enough to threaten the safety of a police officer.
Yet here we have a bunch of violent yahoos with high powered weaponry, who have made it abundantly clear that anyone who attempts to remove them from any federal property that they've decided to claim as their own, will be welcomed with a barrage of bullets. Again, Sean Hannity, who was Bundy's biggest cheerleader last time around, had absolutely no problem with that one douchebag cop who pepper sprayed that group of Occupy protesters in Berkeley. It's absolutely sickening. Bundy and every one of these militia asshats need to be imprisoned for sedition and domestic terrorism.
Finally, can I just say how amusing it is that the Civil War reenactors that make up many of these militia groups always happen to take their stand with the least threatening departments in the federal government? Last time around they stood up to the mighty Bureau of Land Management, and now it's against a National Wildlife Refuge under the oppressive grip of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Yeah, real buncha tough guys, Bundy and his posse, going after these well guarded fortresses of tyranny. Would love to see these mouthbreathers try to take on the FBI, CIA or any military compound. See how well that works out for them.