The Bundys are back. You probably remember them from the Nevada standoff with the Feds over daddy Clive’s freeloading cows grazing on BLM property. The Feds backed off on that one, because they didn’t want bloodshed. BIG MISTAKE! That has just encouraged these troglodytes to continue their crusade against the government.
This time they’ve occupied the headquarters of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, 30 miles south of Burns, a back country burg in eastern Oregon.
Their cause du jour is preventing two Burns area ranchers, Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond, 46 from going to prison after being convicted of arson.
According to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s office,
The arson occurred shortly after Steven Hammond and his hunting party illegally slaughtered several deer on BLM property…Steven Hammond handed out “Strike Anywhere” matches with instructions that they be lit and dropped on the ground because they were going to “light up the whole country on fire….The fire consumed 139 acres of public land and destroyed all evidence of the game violations.
However, that didn’t end the protest. After the march and the “purchase,” the Bundy bozos along with some ‘Murican “patriots” drove to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to occupy the headquarters. The “patriots” claim they are 150 strong, but by all evidence, that’s a lie. An Oregon Public Broadcasting stringer, who was at the march/rally says the real number is between 6 & 12. Other local citizens said the number may be as high as 15.
Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward has asked everyone to avoid the area as authorities work to defuse the situation.
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.