There are many within the country that believe that the decision to shoot Rancher LaVoy Finicum during the Burns, OR standoff is a complete travesty of justice. The protest in Burns, which originally began because of the anger that many feel over ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond and their sentence for arson over burning harmful weeds that were beginning to encroach on their property. The protest began on January 2nd of this year and eventually the leaders would be arrested by the 26th of that month. If the only thing that had occurred over this group's standoff on a national wildlife refuge had just been arrests it wouldn't have been so bad. However, the fact that several members were shot, and the fact that Mr. Finicum was killed during the standoff make this a travesty of justice.
In light of the recent events, there are several points that can be made over this situation. Consider the following about this travesty of justice:
There was an intense amount of anger that led up to this.
Whether you believe it or not, this isn't a situation where a bunch of radicals decided to take over a wildlife refuge one day. The anger over the unjust sentence of Dwight and Steve Hammond had simply reached a boiling point by the beginning of this year. The 2012 conviction of these ranchers for simply taking care of their property was an extremely unpopular decision, which was exacerbated by the fact that the government tried to trump up the charges with an illegal poaching accusation as well.
LaVoy Finicum wasn't just killed, he was murdered.
The government would like you to believe that LaVoy Finicum and the Bundy family are simply just another group of domestic terrorists and that they decided to take out Mr. Finicum because he was a threat to them. However, this could not be any further from the truth. According to Info Wars, Mr. Finicum was actually shot nine times and several times in the face. There have even been rumor that the corrupt FBI agents planted a firearm on his person after he was shot. A check of the serial number of the weapon reveals that it did not belong to Finicum but was a FBI-registered firearm.
Finicum was not a domestic terrorist
When a situation like this occurs, its easy to just brand someone such as Mr. Finicum as a domestic terrorist and be done with it. However, Finicum, like his friends the Bundy family, was simply extremely angry over the harsh treatment of the Hammonds and the fact that they had been ordered back to prison after competing their sentences. Consider this if you believe this man and the Bundy family are domestic terrorists: if you believe that, then you need to realize that this country as whole was founded on a treasonous act against the British crown. Yes, that's right. The Founding Fathers would have been considered terrorists by the British Crown of that day.
The ranching way of life is one of independence and pride. They are men who know how to get things done and they are usually individuals who value their freedom and their way of life. Finnicum and the Bundy family embodied the concept of "Don't Tread on Me" and the motto of "Live Free or Die." But here's the rub: LaVoy Finicum did not deserve to die. He was simply protesting government infringement on his way of life. #News #Education