Bundy Supporter gets 7 years

Bundy Supporter gets 7 years

Bundy Supporter gets 7 years

I am sure you remember the Bundy ranch and the folks who stood around at Guns and Cammo camp to save the ranch from the evil government, right? Well unlike the mess in Orgeon, the US Attorney’s office did their homework in Nevada and got their first conviction. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that Gerald DeLemus received a sentence of 87 months in prison (7 years) here:

A New Hampshire man who, in 2014, gathered his guns and drove across the country to join rancher Cliven Bundy’s armed stand against federal authorities was sentenced Wednesday to 87 months in prison. Gerald DeLemus, a former Marine sergeant who co-chaired his state’s Veterans for Trump campaign, told the court in a tearful, 10-minute statement that no matter how long a sentence he received, he would do it all over again. “But I would leave my guns at home,” he said.

The guns are the least of your worries pal. In fact, your federal felony means you lose the right to own and use firearms.   Because in 1968 felons lost the right to own, possess and especially use firearms.

The article continues and explains the reason for the sentence and arguments against what he did and how he did it:

In April 2014, DeLemus piled his guns and several people into his truck and headed thousands of miles west to the Bundy family ranch, which is adjacent to public land where federal agents were impounding Bundy’s cattle.

Because that is a reasonable response to internet chatter?  Not so much.  Then he arrived and things went bad for him fast.

DeLemus did not arrive until after the standoff that resulted in authorities abandoning the cattle roundup and leaving Bunkerville. But he stayed at the ranch for a month after the incident to provide security and oversee an armed patrol of the area in case law enforcement personnel returned.

NBC News gave more details about the charges and sentence here

DeLemus arrived at the Bundy ranch hours after the tense armed standoff that led to the release of the rancher’s cattle and was hailed as a victory in a decades-long fight over government-owned land. He then spent more than a month in an encampment organizing armed patrols and serving as an intermediary between a self-styled militia and local authorities. He had been expected to get a six-year sentence after pleading guilty last August to conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. and interstate travel in aid of extortion.

Militia vs the cops. Yeah that would be a bad idea.

But Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas added time after faulting DeLemus for trying to withdraw his pleas. She said she didn’t think he accepted responsibility for his actions. “I have to say, Mr. DeLemus, that you unfortunately are blinded by the information you choose to believe,” she said. Instead of advising Bundy to abide by court orders to pay 20 years of overdue grazing fees or let agents round up his cattle from public land, Navarro said DeLemus became “a bully vigilante, threatening peacekeepers of the community.” “I never heard you say you told Mr. Bundy … to follow the law,” she said.

Twenty years overdue grazing fees. It might have been wiser to raise the money to pay the fines but that is just me.

DeLemus told the judge that he traveled cross-country with weapons because he’d heard that government snipers surrounded the Bundy home. He said he was willing to “take a bullet” to protect the family.

He heard there were snipers? What happened to verifying information?

“My concern was that someone would get hurt,” he said, choking back tears. “It wasn’t the cows. I didn’t want that family injured. God will know in the end.”

He must be reading a different set of Scriptures than I am.  I looked and nothing says “thou shalt drive across the country with guns and form a militia.”

DeLemus said he never would have shot at law enforcement. He cast himself as a martyr to his Christian beliefs and cited a biblical passage that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Not even close: you read stuff on the internet and jumped in with both feet. Verify stuff before jumping in with both feet is a life lesson we all can learn.

“I may not have given it out there,” he said of the standoff near Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. “I’m giving it now, in jail.”

No, you are not giving your life for the Bundy family. You are hurting your family by being in jail and costing them money for the defense attorney, travel and restitution. Not to mention lots of time traveling to whatever prison you are sent to. You also did not help your party or President Trump (you were a delegate and could not go to the GOP convention because you were locked up).

Please be realistic guys: the Bundy ranch standoff was a bad idea. You made a big mistake and need to own it and keep moving.  And to the media, dragging President Trump into this fiasco is a stretch.   Lesson for all of us: the 48 hour rule is a good one to live by?

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  • GWB says:

    “I never heard you say you told Mr. Bundy … to follow the law,”

    Well, maybe that’s because the law in question is fundamentally flawed, as executed? (BTW, a law not enforced is not a law. That principle probably has someone’s name attached to it, somewhere.)

    He heard there were snipers?

    There weren’t? Because I specifically recall news reports showing law enforcement sharpshooter positions. It’s a normal law enforcement tactic for a barricade situation. (And the militia response to that tactic is understandable, given what happened at Ruby Ridge.)

    I looked and nothing says “thou shalt drive across the country with guns and form a militia.”

    Maybe that’s because he didn’t quote Scripture? Before you cast aspersions on his interpretation of Christianity, you should take a look at some of the religious justifications for the American Revolution.
    Personally, I don’t agree with using Scripture (except in the most general way) to justify resistance or revolution. But it certainly has a long pedigree in America, and not just with nut cases.

    DeLemus said he never would have shot at law enforcement.

    Well, that one is belied by the fact you threw your guns in your vehicle before driving to help. Unless you just keep them around to be macho (which is a common complaint of the hoplophobes).

    I’m not of the opinion that the Bundy Ranch standoff was a wholly bad thing. Yes, there were bad bits to it. And, legally, Bundy was in the wrong (though there is that bad faith enforcement bit with which to contend). Yes, it made conservatives “look bad” to certain people. But, honestly, it was a natural expression of the frustration of the people over their gov’t becoming overbearing and out-of-control. It was the pre-cursor to (or the warning sign of) Trump.
    And, I don’t care anymore about the opinions of those “certain people” – they really never will think well of me when I’m concerned with real freedoms and real virtues. So I’ve stopped caring about trying to appeal to them in any way.

    To quote another radical:

    Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

    We may have a reprieve with Trump, but mark my words, the progressives will not stop until you and I are in chains to serve their ends, until they assert absolute mastery over you and I and our offspring.

    • GWB says:

      In case it’s unclear… good. Because I have very mixed feelings about the Bundy standoff. They were resisting an overbearing gov’t. Unfortunately, they were also legally in the wrong.

      But, in the case of an overbearing gov’t, you will almost ALWAYS be legally in the wrong. That’s part of what an overbearing gov’t does: hem you in with rules and regulations and laws, until you can’t help but be a lawbreaker. Then they have you under control.

      I’m not sure the Bundys were morally wrong. And I’m almost certain most of those leaping to their defense were morally right.

      • Jodi G. says:

        Amen, GWB.

        • Gail Boer says:

          Whatever the Bundys and their defenders had right was kind of destroyed when clowns like this came in and started preparing for Ragnarok or Armageddon. Because they lived down to the expectations of the left. Which is frustrating when people want to actually change the way things are done..

          There are so many many areas where government overreach is a problem and nonsense like this only makes the good guys look as credible as Art Bell’s Coast to Coast was. And that was a freakshow (a fun show to listen to as one drove through the middle of the desert in the middle of the night but not taken seriously)

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