Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy, who sparked a standoff with federal law enforcement over grazing issues a few years ago, has once again become the center of attention by taking over a remote wildlife refuge reserve in Oregon in the name of
creating a police stand-off standing with the Hammond family of Harney County.
Folks interviewed by Fox News Monday night were telling Bundy to go home, the sheriff wants Bundy and his pals to go home and the Hammond family says they don’t want or need Bundy’s help.
As a matter of fact, the Hammonds reported to jail last night as ordered to serve an outrageous sentence that prompted the peaceful protests over the weekend and gave Bundy an excuse to assert himself into the situation.
The real news about the situation is what the media is not telling everyone – why the Hammonds are going to jail, again.
They were initially sentenced to a year in jail for setting backfires on their ranch in 2006 to burn off invasive species, which spread to federal property. They are also accused of setting a second fire in 2001 to burn off invasive species but the feds claimed it was to cover poaching, and the fire spread to more than 100 acres of federal property.
Yes, this all started 15 years ago, but here’s what happened: The ranchers were sentenced to a year in jail and served their time. However, the whack 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that the Hammonds should have been convicted on federal terrorism charges, and ordered them back to jail to serve five-year sentences.
No wonder the Hammonds and their neighbors protested the nutty additional sentence, or that ranchers would join them in a peaceful protest.
The younger Bundy has managed to completely steal the limelight from getting to the root of the real problem – the crime versus the sentence – and now the story is about a few whack westerners launching a revolution from a wildlife refuge.
We agree with the folks in Oregon, go home Bundy. Westerners have 99 problems to deal with when it comes to managing federal lands, and you shouldn’t be one of them.