What some observers and reporters miss is the fact that a lot of these "right to carry" and other right-wing gunslingers carrying their military rifles and toting their .45s are really hoping for is that the FBI, the National Guard, and the local police all show up to usher them off of so-called "public lands" and they are forced to take a stand and actually shoot somebody.
I applaud the state and federal government policing groups from taking a more cautious and sane approach to these wackos. Instead of playing to their propaganda that the Feds are there to "take away their guns and right to bear arms," law enforcement seems to be taking the reasoned way of waiting them out and proving that they are just gun-toting wackos with a distorted view of what their "constitutional rights" really are.
But I think that very soon, if not in central Oregon or the panhandle of Idaho, somewhere there will be another similar event and someone will pull out their pistol and shoot someone - maybe even a government officer. The urge to force the federal and state governments into a gun battle seems just too strong at the moment and there are not enough "cooler heads" on the side of the neo-Nazis and "free range cowboys" to prevent "an accident" from happening.
Even in my own somewhat upper-middle-class politically mixed neighborhood in central Oregon, I hear things and notice things that tell me that even my own neighbors are all buying the propaganda that "Obama wants to take our guns away and enforce Sharia laws on us all." Think I'm kidding? Not really. I can count the number of minority residents and liberal voters in my area with my clenched fist. So to have these gun-toting jerks show up in south-central Oregon packing heat and carrying military rifles is no surprise. Outside of Portland and Eugene these guys (and their guns) are more than welcome by much of the local population.
They knew exactly what they were doing and what to expect when they came to make a stand in Oregon. I just hope no one gets seriously hurt.