Armed takeover of Oregon wildlife refuge

by NICK GASS  |  published on January 4, 2016

A protest over the impending jail sentence of two Oregon ranchers facing time for arson escalated into a militia-led armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge, one that the leader vowed late Saturday could last “for years.”

The occupation, which is being led by Ammon Bundy, the son of a Nevada rancher involved in previous clashes with the government, and two of his brothers, came on the behalf of the ranchers and not at their behest.

“The facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds,” Ammon Bundy told The Oregonian in an interview published Saturday night from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. “We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely.”

  • bobnstuff

    If you owned land and someone wanted to rent it you would be OK with it but if your renter burned it or destroyed it by miss use you would not be very happy. You also would get upset if they didn’t pay their rent. We the people own the property. The land is being protected for our children and their children. We have taken nothing from the ranchers that they own but are trying to protect what is ours as a nation. When ranchers work with the government and protect the land it works well for everyone but when the land is over grazed and destroyed someone must step in and say no more. The program being protested has been in place for over a hundred years. This is not the government taking the rights from the people but the government protecting all the peoples rights from the few that would abuse them.

    • rhuland

      You have misunderstood the situation. The proper protection of the land includes burning the scrub, which is what they did, and what the forest services also does. Individual users always take better care of property than “the system” which often overlooks necessary maintenance.

      • bobnstuff

        Control burns should not be done without proper protection, two men can not safely do one. I live in farm country and understand land maintains. What they did was stupid and dangerous. This isn’t about them anyway, they are going back to jail without a fight.

    • pete G

      BS. to you Bob. You favor the Government every time you comment. We know you voted for the DICKtator.

  • Climax

    Is this right or is this wrong. I don’t know. What I do know is that our Government is becoming more and more oppressive every year, making bad decisions, allowing illegal activity to take place for their own benefit, taking our rights away, bending the Constitution, challenging the Bill of Rights, and becoming more and more corrupt as they continue increasing their size. With power comes corruption and our Federal Government has way to much power over the people, has become corrupt with no viable recourse allowed by the very people that it governs.
    Government was by the People, for the People and of the People, not run by corporations and the affluent who bribe can corrupt our elected officials.

    • Dave N.

      Well said!

    • pete G

      Is this right or wrong? Looks like you’ve answered your own question to me.

      • I Seigel

        No, he didn’t answer his own question. His answer has nothing to do with Ya’al Qaeda taking over a government building. Too bad this group isn’t some Muslims or illegals. THEN you’d see the government taking these people’s “rights” away.

        But give these guys a break and send them a case of Cheetos. And some candles, ’cause it looks like the Feds are going to cut their power.

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