Ammon Bundy: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Ammon Bundy, Ammon Bundy Oregon

Ammon Bundy. (Facebook)

A group of armed anti-government protesters have taken over a federal building on a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. They are protesting against the pending imprisonment of two ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted of burning federal land.

The men are led by Ammon Bundy, the son of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, whose family were engaged in a standoff in April 2014 with the federal government as part of a decades long dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights.

Bundy and the other men, including his brother, Ryan, took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building Saturday night following a peaceful protest in Burns, which is in the rural eastern Oregon county of Harney.

It’s not known how many armed men are at the federal building. Initial reports said there were as many as 150 militia members, but others have said there are about a dozen men. Ammon Bundy told The Oregonian he would not specify how many men are there for operational security reasons.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Bundy Called for Other Patriots to Come to Oregon & Says They Could Occupy the Land for Years

Ammon Bundy posted a Facebook video on Saturday, calling for others to come to Oregon to join him and his men.

“Calling all freedom loving people to come to Harney County Oregon, come to the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge. The people are finally getting some good use out of a federal facility,” he said in the caption of the video. In a previous video, Bundy called for “all patriots” to “stand up not stand down” and “come prepared.”

Bundy told The Oregonian, “The facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds. We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely. This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”

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2. There Were No Government Employees at the Reserve When Bundy & the Other Men Arrived

Ammon Bundy

Ammon Bundy. (Facebook)

The FBI has said they are aware of the takeover, but have not commented further. There were no government employees at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge when Ammon Bundy and the other men arrived.

“After the peaceful rally was completed today, a group of outside militants drove to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, where they seized and occupied the refuge headquarters,” Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said in a statement. “A collective effort from multiple agencies is currently working on a solution. For the time being please stay away from that area. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Please maintain a peaceful and united front and allow us to work through this situation.”

The Malheur Wildlife Refuge is operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. According to its website, the refuge was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as the Lake Malheur Reservation:

Roosevelt set aside unclaimed government lands encompassed by Malheur, Mud and Harney Lakes ‘as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.’ The newly established ‘Lake Malheur Reservation’ was the 19th of 51 wildlife refuges created by Roosevelt during his tenure as president. At the time, Malheur was the third refuge in Oregon and one of only six refuges west of the Mississippi.

The refuge now encompasses 187,757 acres of wildlife habitat. The 65,000 acre Blitzen Valley was purchased in 1935 and added to the refuge to secure water rights for Malheur and Mud Lake. With the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933, the refuge was able to use this additional manpower in 1935 to begin major improvements on the refuge. The CCC constructed most of the infrastructure in the Blitzen Valley including the Center Patrol Road which travels through the center of the refuge. The 14,000 acre Double-O unit was added to the refuge in 1942 and provides important shorebird habitat, as well as waterfowl nesting areas. Malheur Refuge is situated within the Harney Basin in southeastern Oregon. Located in the Northern Great Basin, this portion of the State is lightly populated, generally arid with cold winters, and characterized by wide open spaces.

The refuge said in a statement on its Facebook page, “The Refuge will be CLOSED until further notice.”

According to reporters at the refuge, there is no law enforcement present.

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3. The Hammonds Say the Bundys Do Not Speak for Them & Plan to Report to Prison

Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son, Steven, 46, the Oregon ranchers at the center of the protest, rejected the Bundy federal building takeover, according to CBS News.

They are expected to report to prison Monday to begin serving their sentences. “Neither Ammon Bundy nor anyone within his group/organization speak for the Hammond Family,” their attorney, W. Alan Schroder, told KOIN

The Hammonds were convicted of setting fires in 2001 and 2006 on federal land to reduce the growth of invasive plants and to protect their property from wildfires, CBS News reports. They were convicted of the arsons three years ago and both served prison time. Dwight served three months and Steven served one year. Federal prosecutors appealed the sentence, saying the mandatory minimum of five year was appropriate for arson. An appeals court agreed and after the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, the Hammonds each received five year sentences in October, minus time served.

The sentences led to peaceful protests from local residents, and attracted the attention of the Bundys and other anti-government protesters, who came to the region. Bundy said he tried to get a group of local residents to join them in their occupation, but they declined.

About 300 local residents and other supporters gathered Saturday with the Hammonds, and then some, led by the Bundys, went to the refuge.

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4. The Men Say They Are Willing to Fight & Die for the Cause

Ammon’s brother, Ryan, told The Oregonian the group is demanding the Hammonds be released from their prison sentences. They are also asking the federal government to relinquish control of the Malheur National Forest to local residents. He said many of the men at the refuge are willing to fight and die to protect the rights of states, counties and individuals to manage local lands.

Ryan Bundy told the newspaper, “The best possible outcome is that the ranchers that have been kicked out of the area, then they will come back and reclaim their land, and the wildlife refuge will be shut down forever and the federal government will relinquish such control,” he said. “What we’re doing is not rebellious. What we’re doing is in accordance with the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.”

In a video posted to Facebook by a local resident, which you can watch above, two of the armed men explained their cause.

“We’re planning on staying here for several years. And while we’re here, what we’re going to be doing is we’re going to be freeing these lands up, getting the ranchers back to ranching, getting the miners back to mining, getting the loggers back to logging, where they can do it under the protection of the people,” one man told the woman, adding that they are “doing it for the people. We’re doing this so people can have their land and their resources back where they belong.”

Another man said, “This is the power of America right here. People got together for this and it doesn’t have to stop here. This could be a hope that spreads through the whole country. Everybody’s looking for this hope because the government has beat us, oppressed us and took everything from us. They will not stop until we tell them no.”

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5. The 2014 Bundy Ranch Standoff Grew Heated, With Protesters Pointing Guns at Federal Agents

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Ammon Bundy in April 11, 2014, near his father’s ranch. (Getty)

Ammon and Ryan Bundy assisted their father, Cliven Bundy, and other protesters during a tense standoff with the federal government in April 2014. During that standoff, some of the militamen who joined the Bundys pointed loaded weapons at federal agents.

The dispute between the BLM and the Bundys began in 1993, when Cliven Bundy declined to renew his grazing permit with the BLM in protest of new rules, but continued to graze his cattle on federal lands without a permit. In March 2014, the federal land was closed so that BLM officials could seize the Bundy’s cattle. On April 5, the roundup began, and on April 12, the armed protesters showed up.

The Bureau of Land Management decided to release the family’s cattle to de-escalate the situation.

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    • Definitely correct… many of our farmers are the same. Government benefits that accrue to them are all “for the good of the country”… but anyone else and they cry endlessly.

    • Let me guess, you live in a big city and have to wear the latest fashion. Hahaha you are part of the problem if you don’t see that the government is doing bad and it is a true patriots duty to stop a bad government.

      • It is federal property. GTF over it. It takes an act of congress, per the constitution, to change that . These guys are just too lazy, stupid, and entitled to legally change things. The Hammond’s sentence was severe but was the mandatory minimum sentence. I think that we should do away with mandatory minimum sentences. There are legal avenues to do so. You don’t just wait until someone who looks like you gets a mandatory minimum sentence that you disagree with then grab your gun and demand that the law does not apply to them. All of these guys at that wildlife preserve need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. A nation of laws does not put up with this crap.

        • The government is only allowed to own a small strip of land in D.C. period. This is illegal….. troll. You haven’t done a bit of research, you have no facts and yet you spill your worthless opinions on people to effect your sick liberal cause. The first sentence was made by a judge who didn’t think it was right in the first place, the second judge was a stalker picked by Obama and consequently lost her job. You can’t send a person to prison for the same crime twice (double jeopardy ) idiots thAt open their mouths for self importance have no business doing so and hurt innocent people. Cut and burn us an everyday thing in Oregon. No illegal, not arson. You are so stupid it hurts to know people like you exsit.

          • actually you can send someone to prison twice for the same crime especially when the first sentence has not been fully completed. (The Hammonds still owe an additional 200,000 in fines). That is not double jeopardy. Double Jeopardy occurs when someone is found not guilty of a crime and you try them again. The problem with this case is the mandatory minimum laws. (Which I hate). The judge knew the mandatory minimum but said ‘ I cannot imagine this is what Congress had intended’. I also do not think that this case is what congress intended, but the Hammonds waived their right of appeal in court to have fewer charges considered. (Probably not the best move)

            Anyways, before you start yelping about people being idiots, you may want to get a better understanding of Double Jeopardy Laws.

      • Oh please! Those fat out of shape mormon extremists need to be hauled out of there and thrown in jail. Those losers are not “patriots”.
        They are anti-american domestic terrorists! Let me guess, you live in a redneck area of a western state and your brain is stuck in the 1800’s.
        Hahaha, people like you, who think illegal activities are patriotic, ARE the problem! I hope they all get shot – they deserve nothing less.

      • Caution is to be exercised when our definition of “a bad government that needs stopping” simply means they are doing something we don’t like. All governments have to pass controversial laws at times. But then the Federal ownership of vast tracts of the West for multiple public-use was something incorporated into the Constitution very early on. It’s nothing new. One could argue it’s what the founding fathers thought was best for a very capitalistic nation where the rich and powerful gobble up land and deny the common person access to it. There is nothing “bad” about managing it for multiple public use and charging for that use. The Bundy’s are just messed up. They say Nevada should own that land — but Nevada says it’s happy and doesn’t want the burden of managing the land. The Bundy’s say they were in Oregon to support the Hammonds, but the Hammonds told them to leave and that they didn’t want their help.
        It’s fine and very massaging to call oneself and actions for their own greater glory, the acts of “a patriot”. But they are just acting like children throwing a fit — wanting what they want (rights) but never living up to the responsibilities.

  1. Unreal. If this were any other group or “terrorists” armed in a federal building they would be dead by now. However these people are the very definition of terrorists and no move is being made to remove them. I call BS!

    • You are kinda right. If you think they are trying to intimidate the government, then yes. However, if you look at the most true meaning of the word, any actionable opposition to the government, outside of what it says you may do, is an act of terrorism. Turning the word terrorism into this most demonic thing is truly the greatest weapon the government has forged for it’s preservation. The problem is, if you have a mass protest against the government, and the government ignore the shit out of you, you literally can’t do anything more without being deemed a terrorist. According to Oxford, rightfully so, but the thing to take away from it is that not all “terrorist” are bad. USA was founded by a metric shit ton of terrorist, according to Oxford, the pre 9-11 definition of terrorism. Let me guess, you think it’s a good idea to challenge a system, that dictates all, by pleading to the system by it’s own channels. This is like going to a king and asking him to get off his throne and doing 50 push-ups. You will be lucky if he even entertains your request. However, if the king preforms the request, be assured, it’s because he wants to, not because you have the influence you may think you have. Government changes where it sees fit, not where you or the people see fit. I would like to point out that this causation of action and the act it’s self of Ammon and his protesters isn’t favoured by myself. However, I understand his generals stance of where he is coming from and reform does need to happen. First by political appeal then by more and more applicable f
      orce until favourable change comes about. I can only think of one government that has kinda been toppled by political force from the masses. that’s Canada’s semi separation from the crown. However, I can’t think of a single government that has been dismantled or broken down and built back up again through it’s political channels or the pleas of it’s people.

      Oxford def. The most accurate use of the word in it’s original meaning.
      Definition of terrorism in English:

      [mass noun]

      The unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims: ‘the fight against terrorism’‘international terrorism’

      Dictionary,com (this definition is more recent and has been altered in mean to fit modern politics. this isn’t good because the word wasn’t meant to be used in many of the modern ways it is.)
      the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

      the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.

      a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

    • Very Christian and heroic. Just like something Jesus would do huh? You are part of this inbred population that thinks like they do. Go and help them out. Show them what a good father he is putting all these lives at risk. You sir are a fucking idiot.

      • Urinbred, your karma is ready… will be too late to protect yourself when the government storm troopers come in the night for all of you progressives….Stalin called people like Urinbred his “useful idiots” because he used them to pass his agenda before he starved them to death in the Ukraine….God save us from the beast.

        • Cliven Bundy and his ilk are thieving, deadbeat douchebags who thinks they can destroy lands that belong to EVERYONE, not just his family, by overgrazing and they don’t have to pay a cent or follow the same rules as everyone else. Here’s a clue for you, genius: the government isn’t coming in the night for “all of you progressives” because they’re not the ones destroying public lands and valuable ecosystems.

    • send them to Isis let them take care of them, same terrorists just different names, in fact let them all gather in one spot so we can get rid of all these nut jobs at once!!!!! America does not need these sick terrorists in our Country!

    • Criminal….redneck… Mormon Cultist…..crimintal needs to be investigated by CPS…….Their church has condemned their activity – seems that “Heavenly Father” is not on their side either!

    • Just as they have “picked and chosen” which parts of the Constitution they like, they are conveniently leaving out Jesus’ command to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s”. He doesn’t say “only if you like it or agree with it”. Christians are suppose to do whatever they can to live at peace with the government of the day with the admonishon that “no authority exists save God allows it”.
      These are just spoiled children with authority issues who only serve a God of convenience and personal profit.

  2. The federal government is corrupt and destroying lives of Americans in its perverted quest to establish tyranny.
    It is misinformation to call these patriotic Anericans anti government,they are for constitutional republic govt.
    The country as founded is being destroyed by marxists and other evil groups, who have lied their way into power.
    Thats reality like it or not.

      • They’re a bunch of lunatic scumbags who have no clue what the Constitution says and think they can burn, dig, saw, and kill untill the western US is a barren, lifeless landscape of polluted waters and mining tailings.

    • So they and you want their property back or do they want it returned to the original owners? Yeah I guess you forgot the “patriots” and their ancestors stole the property from Native Americans. But then again we shouldn’t expect you to be educated right?

    • The sick terrorists have received hand outs from the this Government that they are going up against look up how much they have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in CRP payments and cheated the Government which is We The People, they should all be in prison or just han
      d them over to ISIS and let them take of their ass, this is America and if you cant obey the laws, then leave and go find somewhere else to squat. Nothing but white trash thugs they are, they are the same as ISIS, but have white skin. Please get them out of America.

    • You will only be able to sell that to other cry baby rednecks. No law abiding citizen in this country thinks that those law breaking man-boys are patriotic. We are a country
      of laws and those Mormon extremists have no respect for our country or our laws and like all law breakers, they need to be held accountable for their crimes. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about getting laws and these idiots decided to try and take the law into their own hands. You would have think they learned something when Joseph Smith broke the law by burning down the newspaper ( and violating the Constitutional value of Freedom of the Press). He met an end that befits all anti-American domestic terrorists and nothing would suit me better than if these clowns met the same fate as he did!

    • The Bundy’s interpretation of both the Constitution and the Bible are no less corrupt and perverted. They want to take what pleases them from everything they come across (crying “rights”) but never living up to any responsibility to the franchise granting those rights.
      You are welcomed to try to explain why corruption and perversion is best confronted with corruption and perversion, if you can.

    • The Bible — and Christ Himself — instruct followers to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and God what is God’s”. Both also speak strongly against these exact kind of “authority issues”.
      Answering another responder to this thread, the Bundy’s are Mormon off-shoots, claiming of late that “God is on their side”. Since it’s not the God of the Bible (who forbids their actions as stated above), they are trying to gain traction through the Mormon Holy Texts. But to their credit, the Mormon religious leaders have stood up and condemned the Bundy’s misinterpretation and misuse of their Holy Texts. So they are very much “Mormon terrorists”; having a twisted interpretation and vision of “Divine Authority” similar to that of Islamic terrorists. The only difference currently, is how far they are willing to take it.

  3. These are freeloaders that want the land but don’t want to pay for it. The act of taking over a federal facility makes them traitors and terrorists. The FBI should raid the facility and if fired upon, they should return fire. These thugs belong either in prison or under the ground.

  4. These idiots love attention, if they cared for our country they would get involved to vote for better representation. These guys are only interested in militia chaos, most of them refuse to give their names. They are more concerned with not paying taxes or following the majority voters in our country. These militia idiots have no interest in improving the USA, only improving their own wealth.

  5. 150 armed “militia men” seize a federal government building on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; 75 teabagging patriot couples exit Brokeback Megamountain.

  6. If these people are able to do this without any shots fired, rocks thrown, cars or buildings torched, property destroyed or people hurt then they will have shown us something valuable despite whether we agree with them or not.

    • If they were able to do it without tresspassing, breaking and entering, and thinly veiled threats of violence, they they could have shown us something. All that they have shown us is that they are a bunch of self-serving ignorant rednecks who have no idea what it means to be a real American.

    • Actually that “point” belongs to the authorities who simply opted to wait them out and bide their time until they inevitably screwed up. The terrorists proclaimed over and over again that they were ready to engage violence for their cause. Perhaps a throw-back to papa-Cliven’s example years ago of having his outlaw-band surround and point loaded weapons at authorized Federal agents who were simply and peacefully discharging their appointed duty. These people are misguided, poorly taught, and seriously mixed up. They say they recognized no authority of the Federal Government — yet at various trials family and supporters were seen waving American flags and clutching pocket-Constitutions — both exercises of Federal Government authority. They are simply spoiled children who want what they want when and how they want it or they will throw a tantrum and cry “unfair!”.
      We need to carefully discern between the actual logistics of what the Bundy’s are doing — and just the emotional triggers in us they might trip.


    • If black man gets shot by white cop it makes front page news. White man gets shot by black cop no one will ever here his name. Think about that.

    • Actually the two social exercises (the Bundy insurgents and the Black Lives Matter protesters) are both alarmingly similar. Both are crying for rights . . . while totally ignoring responsibility to the franchise granting those rights. And to the Bundy’s credit (cannot believe I just said that!), they didn’t stage their performance in the middle of crowded public places putting innocents at risk. Consider with the “Black Lives” issues, almost all of them could have been avoided had there been proper respect for authority. And with the Bundy’s, it’s totally an issue of not respecting the authority established. In both cases they are crying for their rights, while denying the rights of all other law-abiding citizens (to move freely in the various cities or to enjoy the land set aside for public use). And in both cases, they are trying to take matters into their own hands rather than pursuing it through proper channels.

  8. All of you who hate the bundys for standing up for their beliefs can rot in hell. Ranchers and farmers are the backbone of this nation first to fight. First to die. And from time to time have to stand up for what’s right. You may not agree with what they are doing but this is their stand. And as far as I’m concerned its the right stand. Rock on bundys, shit gets hot I’ll be there, cocked locked and ready to fight for freedom of this country and the TRUE Americans, the farmers and ranchers.

    • You are in lala land if you think ranchers and farmers are the first to fight. I guess you learned that in Bunkerville with all of your ignorant half-brothers and sisters. Ranchers and Farmers constantly have their hand out accepting money from the government to keep themselves afloat. You, I mean the Bundy’s are no different. They have taken taxpayer money when it suits them and then shaft the taxpayers because they want to “bleed the beast” for their own selfish needs. No red-blooded TRUE American thinks these idiots in Oregon are true Americans. And if it wasn’t for all of the children of European immigrants who fought in WWII, you would be Heil Hitlering the Nazi flag right now. Oh, but you and your anti-american white-supremecist mormon ilk would probably like that, wouldn’t you!

    • It’s too “self-precious” to consider everyone who might disagree with you or call you out on your foolishness, “haters”. There’s perhaps more “hate” of them entailed in saying nothing. They are fools for thinking they can use public land (often destructively) without paying due established fees. They are fools for waving their flags and crying for their “Constitutional rights” (both exercises of Federal authority) — while hinging everything upon the defense that “they don’t recognize Federal authority”.
      Ranchers and farmers were important in the founding of the nation. But so too were a lot of other people. And farmers/ranchers who enjoy their rights while living up to their responsibilities to the issuing franchise are still the backbone of this nation.
      Petulant children-in-adult-guise are not. A career having been important in the founding of the nation . . . is NOT a blank check for “entitlement” thinking and foolish actions.

  9. Is his name Captain Moroni or Captain Moron? If they want to show how tough they are then instead of fighting the government, ‘take out’ the local drug dealers and pimps. If they were to do that, then maybe they would have local support. But the two ranchers who they supposedly support, have already rejected what they are doing, so it’s time for Capn Moron to go home.

    • And before that it was someone else’s land. The previous “American Natives” simply displaced the previous “American Natives”. So your point is??

  10. I have never understood the divide between the government and people. Many of these protestors claim to base their actions on the Constitution. Yet, the Constitutions begins (providing a definition of the government) as “We, the People . . . ” We are the government. We elect our officials, we frame our laws, and we change aspects of the legal framework that no longer meet our needs. The government is “We, the People . . . ” If there are issues to be addressed, then we address them in a civilized and rational way. That is what is stated in the Constitution. For the protestors near Burns (Oregon) to wrap themselves in the Constitution is simply unacceptable. Behave as law-abiding citizens.
    By the way, the Malheur Wildlife Refuge was established at the beginning of the 20th century. It has been added to be lands that have been lawfully deeded to the US either by donation or purchase. Until the present time, the land is for the use of the public . . . Bundy and his partners have blocked access to OUR land . . . that is, “We, the People” own the land and we should demand that Bundy “stand-down” and leave. His actions, with his colleagues, is unlawful and, yes, it is un-Constitutional.

  11. Let’s just say that the Fed’s gave up the land and relinquished all control. Then what? Would these ranchers go to war over who gets the most land? Would they allow the public access to use the the land for what ever? What about someone wanting to settle on the land? I’m mean if this is public land what makes them think only ranchers have the right to it. Ammon Bundy speak all patriot but its pritty clear he only doing it for his own gain.

    • Oh yes it is! You are a fool if you don’t think their mormon religion doesn’t have anything to do with their self-righteous, anti-American behavior. It’s in their history. They think of themselves as martyrs against the government even though nobody else does.

      • Jen, it is you who is the fool. Governor Romney is not anti-American, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is not ant-American, Senator Orrin Hatch is not Anti-American, Senator Mike Lee is not anti-American, Congressman Jason Chaffetz and 9 other Congressmen are not anti-American. Be respectful of our Nations elected officials and our Constitutional rights for freedom of Religion. Mormons are patriotic American Christians, it’s in our nature. God bless America

  12. I can’t read this crap. You talk about ranchers pointing guns at feds, but fail to mention that the BLM showed up 160-some strong, with hired mercenaries and snipers aiming at unarmed civilians at Bundy Ranch FIRST. They sicced dogs on people and tazed them. THEN they got armed and called for help.

    You mention the Hammonds don’t want Bundy’s support. You fail to mention that the Hammonds spent a lot of time with Ammon Bundy until the feds threatened them with picking them up earlier than scheduled, and putting the Hammonds in rougher prisons (which the elder Hammond at 73 would not likely survive) if they stayed in contact with Bundy.

    Finally, Malheur was a lot smaller when Roosevelt set it up. Since then, large tracts of land that had been privately owned land as well as land the State of Oregon claimed ownership of, have been added to the Reserve.

  13. Somewhat even handed reporting. Not much reporting on the damage done on western lands that led to reforms. If lands are open to everyone with unrealistic expectations of wealth on all sides there is no surprise that these lands, fundamentally different than eastern lands were seriously damaged so that the feds had to take action aa early as Theodore Roosevelt. He was a rancher in the dakota territories. In Wyoming his former ranch hand was murdered by an agent of rich ranchers

    • The early leaders of the nation rather wisely recognized that if “public land” was not set aside and protected it would all be snapped up by just a very few and denied to everyone else. Remember too that there has been a long long history of people doing things for their own glory (profit or “feelings”) and trying to justify them with under the banner of “true patriot”.
      What exactly is so “unpatriotic” about paying established dues for use of public land? Often very destructive use. There is less about “loving the nation” in the Bundy’s actions than “loving their money”. Many many other ranchers made good lives paying grazing fees. These “true patriots” racked up more in unpaid grazing fees than ALL other US ranchers combined. They were just grinding a personal, political, self-serving axe.

  14. Public lands are for we the people not the radical Bundys and their crazy outlaws. Fly over the northwest and take note of the open spaces and grazing land. There is more open space than inhabited land. And thousands of acres for grazing cattle. Malheur is a well managed flyway giving migrating wildlife a chance to rest, nest, and be safe. Many many years ago we the people agreed to keep it a designated wildlife refuge. Go home raise your cattle and get over your violent, radical, illogical opinions.

  15. There’s a major disconnect in thinking here. They wave American flags, commissioned by and under the authority of the Federal Government. At various trials for the Bundy’s family and supporters were seen clutching pocket-versions of the Constitution, the rights therein issued as a function of Federal Government authority. The Bundy’s key defense?
    They don’t recognize the authority of the Federal Government?! Except apparently, on the selected points where they think they can profit from it.
    There is a lot of juvenile action going on here in picking and choosing what they like and discarding the rest. And also in grabbing for the rights, but doing nothing to live up to the responsibilities that all rights entail. Responsibility to the franchise issuing the rights. And feel sorry for the family’s children. We’ve already seen how a malcontent grandfather passed this defunct thinking on to a child who passed it on to their children who are now passing it on to their children. A real “generational curse” in action.