In 2001, Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond set a fire that burned 130 acres to cover up their poaching activities. They were convicted by a jury of their peers and sentenced to 5 years in prison. They are to report to prison today.
Yesterday a bunch of “patriots” got out their guns and gathered in Harney County, Oregon, to protest what they call false imprisonment of two ranchers who refused to sell their land. They did this despite the Hammonds’ stating they have no desire to fight the prison sentence, and locals meeting with the militia on New Years Day to voice their fear of what the militia has planned.
After the protest, a group of armed protesters went to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and took over an unoccupied building. The group, which includes Ammon Bundy, son of Clive Bundy (remember him?), refuse to leave.
So let me get this straight.
One 12-year-old black kid with a toy gun in a park can be gunned down within seconds of law enforcement arriving on the scene, but a group of heavily armed white dudes who call themselves a militia can take over a federal animal sanctuary and what happens?