The armed gang led by Ammon Bundy was captured last night. They refused to surrender, and the stop erupted in gunfire, with reports not saying who shot first. One gang member was killed, the rest were arrested. No law enforcement agents were killed.
If an armed, inner-city gang were stopped on the road, with one member killed and the rest arrested, there would be no doubt this were a good thing. I see no reason why we shouldn't cheer the same now, just because this gang, seeking free stuff from the government, was rural.
[caption id="attachment_269075" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ammon Bundy sits at a desk he's using at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Bundy is the leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge to protest federal land policies. The leader of an armed group occupying the refuge met briefly with a federal agent Friday, but left because the agent wouldn't talk with him in front of the media. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)[/caption]
According to KOIN 6, here are the facts:
The FBI and OSP made the following arrests: Ammon Bundy, 40, from Emmett, Idaho; Ryan Bundy, 43, from Bunkerville, Nevada; Brian Cavalier, 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada; Shawna Cox, 59, Kanab, Utah; and Ryan Waylen Payne, 32, of Anaconda, Montana.
Each person arrested faces a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede U.S. officers from “discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.”
In addition to those arrested, LaVoy Finicum got his wish and was killed by the federal agents, rather than be arrested. One imagines it may have been suicide by cop, given this earlier statements.
Even if you think the government controls too much land in the west, Bundy and his gang were criminally wrong in what they did. Bundy's gang was as wrong as the Whiskey Rebellion was. Nobody could accuse George Washington of misunderstanding the need to revolt against an unjust government, yet he saw the need to ride against armed rebels protesting a single policy they disliked.
George Washington riding to put down the Whiskey Rebellion signaled that the rule of law would prevail over mob rule in America. Arresting Ammon Bundy with no officers dead, and only one (apparently suicidal) gang banger dead, signals we're at least trying to preserve what the founding fathers gave us.
There can be no liberty without the rule of law. Thus, stopping Ammon Bundy was necessary to preserve what liberties we have under the Constitution.