EXCLUSIVE: Wife of Oregon refuge occupier Ryan Bundy speaks out

Posted at 9:30 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 05:23:29-04
Jury selection has begun in the federal case against Ryan and Ammon Bundy, and five others who led an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge just outside of Burns, Oregon this past January.
Ryan Bundy has been in jail awaiting trail for months after being denied bail when a judge ruled him a flight risk and a danger to the community, leaving his wife Angie and the couple's eight kids without their husband and father.
"If my husband was so dangerous, I mean when he was ambushed and shot at, he didn't retaliate.  Where is he getting that information and how is my husband a danger?" Said Angie.
While she said life without Ryan has been extremely tough, she is proud of him for what he and the other men and women did, which she said is standing up for the rights of all Americans.
"It's about all of us using the land, not misusing it," explained Angie. "I'm hoping that people recognize that his stand wasn't just for ranchers, his stand was for freedom. It took a lot of bravery what they did."
Angie said she's even grown to love the people who don't understand why her husband chose to take over federal property.
"I love those people that don't understand. We are fighting for their rights, to have their opinion too, and if that opinion is against us, they still have the right to have that opinion," said Angie.
Angie went on to say that Ryan knows he could be in serious trouble, but as long as good comes out of it, he's accepted the fact that he may have to face even more time behind bars.
"it's shined a light on a problem. I mean I know there is lot's of legislation being discussed in some of these states, and that gives me a lot of hope. That's what we need. That's what we have been trying to get people to pay attention to for years," explained Angie.
While Angie said she is preparing for the worst, she still hopes for the best. She said she still has faith in the American people that they will make the right decision.
As for what she wants people to take away from everything that has happened, "I think we take our freedom for granted in this country, and we have for a long time. I think we need to realize that unless we study the constitution and why we have been free for this long, then we are not going to be able to maintain that freedom."
The trial at the federal courthouse in Portland is expected to last into November.