For anyone who hasn’t heard, there’s a bit of storm brewin’ up in Oregon, specifically at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. After a protest related to federal prosecution of local ranchers, an outside group of militia members stormed the Government building prepared to make a tremendous stand against what they view as “tyranny” at the hand of the United States Federal Government.
In addition to the National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, sources within government agencies told OregonLive that the occupying Militia members also had plans of taking control of a closed wildland fire Station. Oregon Live has more:
Government sources told The Oregonian/OregonLive that the militia also was planning to occupy a closed wildland fire station near the town of Frenchglen. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management posts crews there during the fire season.
Law enforcement officials so far have not commented on the situation. Oregon State Police, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI were involved.
Ammon Bundy posted a video on his Facebook page calling on patriots from across the country to report to the refuge – with their weapons.
To add even more sensation to this already dramatic set of circumstances, the Bundy family (of the Bundy Ranch protests) have gotten involved! Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven bundy, along with two of his brothers are involved in the occupation along with the Militia. While the brothers have reported described in phone interviews from within the Refuge office their intentions are of a non-violent nature, many questions are hanging in the air regarding their forceful tactics, as well as their intent and preparation on occupying the territory for up to a year! As Ammon and Ryan Bundy told to Oregon Live:
“The facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds,” Ammon Bundy said.
“We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,” he added. “This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”
While opinions regarding the methods and the intentions of this Oregon militia group will certainly spark controversy and stark differences in opinions, one facet seems to be clear—these Militia members aren’t walking around with picket signs expressing opinions, they’re taking action. Agree with their tactics or disavow them; the situation in Oregon has gone from a blip in the blogosphere to full-blown Governmental focus.
These Militia members feel that the overreach of government agencies towards farmers and ranchers crosses the line of constitutionality, and shouldn’t be tolerated. Members of agricultural communities and industries responsible for producing the food that Americans put on their tables have a growing tide of bureaucracy and tax liability, causing many to fear drastic food shortages and even collapses in the supply chain.
Do you feel the United States Government constricts these types of industry? Could such action lead to a food crisis? Do you support the Militia? Leave a comment and let us know!