The standoff in Burns, Oregon in which a group of armed protestors took over an unoccupied federal building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has made national headlines. The group took over the building in protest to prison sentences being handed down to two ranchers who had been convicted of arson when they set fires to their land to stop an invasive species of plant.
The group at the center of the standoff has been labeled terrorists by the media and liberal outlets. Some people view the group as patriots. No matter what you believe the group to be, there is a legal system in this country that needs to be acknowledged.
The standoff has reached into the highest levels of politics. An action like this could fuel Obama’s obsession for more gun control. The protest has not gone unnoticed by the top Republican presidential contenders.
While speaking in Iowa, Ted Cruz addressed the situation in Oregon. “Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds. But we don’t have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence against others. It is our hope that the protestors there will stand down peaceably, that there will not be a violent confrontation.”
According to Breitbart, Marco Rubio also offered his comments on the standoff. “You can’t be lawless. We live in a republic. There are ways to change the laws of this country and the policies. If we get frustrated with it, that’s why we have elections. That’s why we have people we can hold accountable.”