Oregon Standoff: ‘It’s OK, Because We Wear Cowboy Hats’

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ammon_Bundy_(14536029270).jpgAmmond Bundy, the leader of self-described militiamen men who have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon to protest the jailing of ranchers who set nearby land on fire, says what he and the others are doing represents America because they wear cowboy hats.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DSCN7245_riderwithcattleonroad_e_300.jpg“What we’re doing is right and proper because real Americans wear cowboy hats, and that’s what we’re wearing,” says Bundy, 45.

Bundy says he and his men also “dress like cowboys and ride horses,” so there should be no concern among Americans that what they’re doing is wrong. They also wear American military-styled fatigues and wrap-around sunglasses, but only when they’re patrolling the land.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_of_the_Malheur_National_Wildlife_Refuge#/media/File:MalheurNWRHeadquarters.jpgBundy and about two dozen other men have taken over the headquarters of the wildlife refuge and are occupying large swathes of the remote area in Harney County, about 30 miles outside of Burns, Ore. The federally owned land is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies, but Bundy says the land rightly belongs to the people even though the U.S. Constitution explicitly charges the federal government with owning and managing land and Oregon, more than 100 years ago, expressly turned the land over to the federal government, which turned it into a wildlife refuge in 1908.harney

Many people out west have expressed sympathy for the concerns of farmers and ranchers, who use the land. But many people, including those that sympathize with them, say they http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018X3CF58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B018X3CF58&linkCode=as2&tag=daily031-20&linkId=P3LE2NWG6MTHMHUR should not be acting outside the law to protest how the federal government manages the land. But these concerns are misplaced, Bundy says, because of the cowboy hats they wear. “If we didn’t look like classic American cowboys, then I could see their point,” he says. “But we look like the kind of Americans we saw on TV when we were growing up, so it’s okay.”

Bundy says he and his men also have guns. “That should make it as right as it needs to be,” he says.

Derron Jackson, a Black Lives Matter organizer in Cleveland, says he and other leaders of an upcoming protest plan to wear cowboy hats, too, so Americans will see it’s okay.

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