A Good Guy With A Gun: One Of The Oregon Armed Occupiers Is A Convicted Murderer

A Good Guy With A Gun: One Of The Oregon Armed Occupiers Is A Convicted Murderer

It has now been nearly three weeks since a group of armed idiots, led by Ammon Bundy and his bros, took over a wildlife refuge in rural Oregon in order to ‘protest’ the federal sentences of two local ranchers who committed arson on federal land. Even though the two ranchers have peacefully gone to prison and publicly condemned the Bundy clan’s actions, and residents have loudly told the domestic terrorists they are not welcome, Y’all Qaeda has continued to illegally occupy the federal compound.

While local and federal law enforcement ponder their options — they’ve so far decided to give them space and have not aggressively confronted them — we’ve gotten to learn a little bit about the moronic ‘patriots,’ mostly because they love the publicity. Well, it would appear that all of that talking to the papers may have backfired on one of the freedom fighters.

In an article published in the Oregonian Wednesday, it was revealed that one of the occupiers is a convicted murderer. Ergo, the asshole shouldn’t have a gun, period. Neil Sigurd Wampler, 68, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1977 for killing his father with an eye bolt. He served around four years in prison and an additional year of parole. He traveled to Oregon from California after he saw messages from the clan asking for others to join them.

When first confronted with this information by the paper, Wampler denied that he was the same person. However, due to his unique name and the matching birthdate, it is obvious he is one in the same. Also, the California county sheriff’s office confirmed the info and pointed out that Wampler has had conversation with them about whether or not he can legally own a firearm. He has already said that he is armed at the refuge.

Wampler also appeared at the Bundy ranch in Nevada during the infamous armed standoff with federal agents in 2014. He told reporters then that he was a member of the Oath Keepers at that time, though leaders of that group have since claimed he was never a part of them. It was that event, where armed civilians got away with pointing rifles and handguns at law enforcement, that emboldened the Bundys to take over a federal property and threaten any local, state or federal police with a firefight if they are forced to leave.

When asked about Wampler, Ammon Bundy told the Oregonian that he didn’t know anything about him, because of course. However, the paper revealed that Wampler has been serving as the camp cook, and as we know, he’s involved himself with other Bundy stunts.

The thing is, it is highly doubtful that Wampler is the only person involved in this occupation, or the Bundy ranch standoff, who is not allowed by law to own a firearm. Yet, in their eyes, they are the good guys with guns doing what is bestowed upon them by the Constitution. They aren’t bad guys, despite convictions or unlawful behavior that say otherwise. And that is the whole contradiction surrounding the ‘good guy with a gun’ mantra.

 

H/T Talking Points Memo

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.