A group of armed ranchers in Oregon are making headlines this week as they take a major stand against Obama’s government.
Conservative Tribune reported:
The Oregonian reported that Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted of arson in 2012 and sentenced to prison. The Hammonds had set fire to public land adjacent to their farm.
Federal appellate judges recently stated that their initial sentencing was illegal, so now they are due to served a second prison term. This didn’t sit too well with various militia groups.
Armed militias gathering in Burns claimed that the Hammonds’ imprisonment was illegal under the Constitution and they saw it as yet another overreach of the federal government.
“I am here now trying to empower and motivate the people of this community to take a stand against tyranny and show them that I will gladly stand with them,” militia member Jon Ritzheimer stated.
Community officials weren’t exactly thrilled with the dozens of heavily armed men who have suddenly descended upon their town.
“(The militia) seems like a bunch of people ready to shoot. I don’t want that in my county,” Chris Briels, Burns’ fire chief, stated to the Oregonian.
Dave Ward, the county sheriff, rejected a call by the militias to create a sanctuary for the Hammonds. As a result, he has been labeled an “enemy of the people” by the militias.
For their part, the Hammonds have stated that they do not want help from armed militias and that they intended to surrender to federal officials.
While the Bundy standoff seemed straightforward by comparison, this latest flashpoint between the federal government and militias seems a little murkier.
If these men did break the law, and setting fire to land they do not own would seem to qualify as breaking the law, then they should be prosecuted for their actions.
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