Nothing proves this more than a recent quote from Ammon Bundy himself:
“This was never meant to be an armed standoff. Please do not make it about something it wasn’t supposed to be. Go home to your families.”
Oh, really now? Then why were people allowed — encouraged, even — to show up with firearms? Yes, yes — I know: You’re a big fan of the right to keep and bear arms. Well, guess what? Just because it’s your right to do something does not automatically make it a wise decision.
And it was not your right to occupy the Malheur NWR and:
- Prevent Federal employees from doing their jobs,
- Interfere with the freedom of other citizens to visit their public lands,
- Vandalize government property,
- Use government computer and Internet resources without permission, and
- Steal government vehicles.
All of these things are quite illegal, in fact criminal, acts. You may not personally like the fact that the Federal government owns so much land, but the fact is that it does and that current law (upheld by court after court) allows it to.
All of this means that in choosing to engage in an illegal action, you chose to expose yourself to criminal charges. As such, it was your job to:
- Research what those charges were likely to be,
- Research what the consequences (punishments) would likely be,
- Decide if you were willing to accept those consequences, and
- Modify or call off the action if you were not.
This is all very basic stuff. Left-wing groups I’ve been involved with do this whenever they plan actions. (And committing a crime armed is a great way to enhance the charges and punishments you face for it.)
If you let people participate whose beliefs and goals did not mesh with your own, that is your fault. It was your responsibility to clearly state your goals and methods, and to screen those directly supporting you to ensure they agreed to those standards.
This is an instance of a general failure to communicate and plan which the comments of other participants that I’ve seen in the media makes most evident. (For example, many were surprised by your decision to depart for that forum in John Day, and didn’t even realize you had planned to until the moment your convoy left the refuge.)
That you failed in all of the above indicates just what a joke your “militia” is. You clowns couldn’t even properly organize a takeover of a bird refuge while it was closed during the winter holidays, yet you act as if you’re some sort of a military force? It is to laugh.