Harney County Sheriff David Ward on Sunday afternoon said a group of militants that seized an eastern Oregon wildlife refuge is trying to overthrow the local and federal governments.
Ward said the Harney County Sheriff's Office is working with several organizations to protect county residents and resolve the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters south of Burns. The group of militants seized the headquarters, which was empty, after a march and protest Saturday in Burns.
Ward said the group hopes to spark a national movement.
The group, Ward said, comprises outsiders who came to Harney County claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers. In a news release Sunday, Ward said that "in reality these men had alternative motives to attempt to over throw the county and federal government in hopes to spark a movement across the United States."
That kind of matches what others have been saying as well, and that is that these idiots do not really care about Dwight Hammond and his arson case, and are instead using this as an attempt to stage another Waco or Ruby Ridge incident and rile up the Three Percenters and Oath Keepers enough for them to start some kind of half-assed civil war.
In the mean time most people are simply poking fun at them and mocking them on Twitter:
Live pic from #YallQaeda this AM. #bundymilitia well-rested, starting the day with coffee and meth. #OregonStandoff pic.twitter.com/237uS6sdVt— Joe Keene (@joekeene) January 4, 2016
The problem with simply laughing at these idiots is that they are idiots with guns, and as we all know too well idiots with guns usually results in dead people who did not realize how dangerous they were.Every successful revolution starts with takeover of closed visitor center with gift shop. #OregonUnderAttack #YallQaeda— Lars Petticord (@fatdownjacket) January 3, 2016