A man with an assault rifle

Peter Walker posted this yesterday evening. He later said in a comment that he’d love the photo to be on the front page of every newspaper in the country, so share it widely if you’re so inclined.

To all my Harney County friends, and friends of Harney County: I feel gut-punched, like you probably do. Here’s a photo I took at the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on January 12. A USFWS vehicle is blocking the entrance and a man with an assault rifle is on guard. I had to ask for permission to enter. How can this not have impeded FWS employees from doing their job???? Here’s my promise to Harney County: regardless of the Bundys there will be a book that tells what happened. The agony these people inflicted on a wonderful community will NOT be lost to history. Love you guys.

Look at that guy with the gun. He looks like an official, like a cop or a military guard. He’s not: he’s a civilian with an assault rifle blocking entry to a federal, publicly owned wildlife refuge. But hey, no conspiracy to impede anyone here – it was all totally spontaneous moment to moment. And I’m Marie of Romania.

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