Jury acquits Bundy brothers and 5 other leaders of Oregon standoff

On Thursday, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and five other leaders of the armed "militia" that took over the headquarters building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon were acquitted by a federal jury.

From Fox News:
The leaders of an armed group who seized a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were acquitted Thursday in the 41-day standoff that brought new attention to a long-running dispute over control of federal lands in the U.S. West.
A jury found brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty of possessing a firearm in a federal facility and conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 300 miles southeast of Portland where the trial took place. Five co-defendants also were tried one or both of the charges.
Despite the acquittal, the Bundys were expected to stand trial in Nevada early next year on charges stemming from another high-profile standoff with federal agents. Authorities rounding up cattle at their father Cliven Bundy's ranch in 2014 because of unpaid grazing fees released the animals as they faced armed protesters.
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To be very brief and clear, the Bundys and these these other folks are dumb asses and I will never support this type of stupidity.

We can not allow people, however wronged they feel, to arm themselves, take over a public facility, and threaten to resist law enforcement.

All the references to the federal government's overreach, other unrelated cases, disagreement with the rulings of the courts, etc., may be valid but are beside the point.

We are a nation of laws, and we decide these issues in court.  That is where you present your grievances.

If you are unhappy with the court's findings, you appeal to a higher court.  If that is unsuccessful, you work politically to change the law.

Bundy and his armed group of militia morons are no different than the Occupy movement, BLM movement, Nation on Islam, New Black Panthers, etc. Get the picture?

Some people might argue the right to protest is always threatened by the people in power and their supporters, to oppress others. In this particular case, it is the method of protest that I object to, i.e. armed resistance vs. legal debate.

1 comment:

  1. With the Bundy ruling, trump polling as high as he is, the republicans bragging about how they are going to not do their job and block Sec. Clinton just as they have President Obama the last 7 years. I am now officially ashamed of this country.


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