The shoot-out in Eastern Oregon

Federal agents have arrested several leaders of the armed activists in Eastern Oregon who seized federal property. In the process, according to reports, a shoot-out occurred in which one prominent activist was killed.

I wrote about the activists’ occupation here. I argued that the occupiers engaged in criminal conduct. Thus, it was altogether proper to arrest them after a decent interval during which they could stand down.

Whether shooting any of them was proper depends on the facts of the arrest and the ensuing shoot-out. I don’t know what those facts are yet, and see no point in speculating about them.