Ammon Bundy, ringleader of the Bundy militia which forcefully occupied – and promptly destroyed – a federal wildlife reserve in Oregon, has been sitting in jail for the past few months slowly realizing that his attempted revolution not only didn’t work, but had consequences. One of those consequences: He isn’t allowed to cuddle with his firearms behind bars.
It may seem like a no-brainer that every single jail in the country has a pretty strict “no prisoners with guns” policy, but Bundy believes that preventing him from open carrying in prison is a violation of his constitutional rights. His response is to threaten the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office with a laundry list of supposed “civil rights violations” including his lack of access to guns.
In his conclusion, Arnold said Ammon Bundy may pursue a civil rights lawsuit based upon U.S. Code Section 1983, which guarantees recourse for anyone who has been denied civil rights.
“My rights are being violated. My right to life is being violated. All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. My right to freedom of religion is being violated,” Ryan Bundy wrote in a supporting statement. “My Second Amendment rights are being violated. I never waived that right. My Fourth Amendment rights are being violated.
The Bundy brothers will never be mistaken for particularly bright men. Being arrested and sent to prison means you’ve effectively waived your right to possessing a gun. And being convicted of a felony means you lose that right entirely. Prisoners don’t get the chance to “agree” to giving up their guns before they head in.
From this and other statements, it’s clear that the Bundy militia members still have absolutely no idea why they were arrested. The level of unchecked delusions regarding their actions is impressive. Having illegally seized a federal building, threatened to murder federal agents who came too close, and destroyed the land and property inside and around the building, the list of offenses could fill a book.
The Bundy brothers have pretty obvious buyer’s remorse. They were wholly devoted to the cause of overthrowing the United States government right up until they got into prison and learned that the prison food was bad. Suddenly, the vigor of the movement seemed to evaporate. In fairness, it’s hard to dream of a tax-free gun-totin’ libertarian utopia on an empty stomach. And given how much the Bundy family idolizes their guns, the brothers are most likely going through some serious firearm withdrawal.
Still, it’s hard to imagine a judge would buy the argument that part of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a warm gun tucked away under their jail cell pillow.
Featured image via Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images