This was the bottom Tuesday's mornings headlines in our local paper the Bonner County Daily Bee. I had read somewhere a very small article about this group in another paper or somewhere. I remember it because not only was the subject disturbing, but also their meeting place.
They are in Bonner's Ferry which is about 40 miles North of us. Bonner's Ferry is smaller than Sandpoint, and has some areas that remind you of the movie Deliverance. So to have this group start up.. in the area isn't a really big surprise. But having their meaning place be a restaurant in Ponderay, Idaho, just a mile or so away from my town. Well, it just kind of gives me the willies. If they are from Bonner's Ferry, why are they down in our area?
Then there is the subject. You read the article and it sounds innocent enough. Just a few good old boys who want to do good for their community and even the surrounding ones. Will help in snow storms, flooding, and forest fires and then the kicker.... protecting one's right to bear arms. Sounds innocent enough, until the last... They meet at Bonner's Ferry City Parking Lot and caravan from there.....but to where?
They say they aren't a bunch that will be running thru the woods with a beer and guns... Well, that is reassuring. But some of the rest of their thoughts are not.. at least not to this old gal... I could say more, but I better not, I don't want to be the receiving end of hate mail. But it surprised me that the Bee had it as a big story on front page, with big headlines, yet didn't have the story on their online paper at all... were they afraid some one might find this thru Google? After all we are just finally getting the story of the Butler and his group to fade somewhat.