When I saw that Jon Ritzheimer was auctioning off his Sig P238 Scorpion Micro Compact to help pay the restitution for all the defendants wrongfully convicted that were involved in the peaceful protest at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January 2016, with what ever being left going to Jenette Finicum to cover her legal costs, my heart overflowed.
This weapon was Jon’s EDC (every day carry), his favorite. Something he had always wanted and that he had finally gotten. When you have a weapon like that, and it is your EDC, it becomes an extension of yourself and it comes to mean a great deal to you. I know combining that with what this particular weapon “went through” with Jon, the sentimental value of it is extraordinary.
You will read in the link included all about what makes this Sig special in regards to the Malheur Refuge Protest in the link to follow, what I am hoping to provide is a little bit of heart to the matter as well. Being on the Refuge myself I can attest to the closeness Jon and LaVoy had. Jon was always there to watch LaVoy’s back, making sure that his friend was safe, you didn’t see LaVoy often out and about making speeches to the press or doing something in regards to what was happening up there without Jon there. They were friends and Jon is fiercely loyal to those he calls his friends.
As time wore on, the stand that they were taking wore on all of them, and many questioned Jon for wanting to go home when he did. This is something that I know he struggled with, his devotion to his friends, the Hammonds, the cause, and missing his babies and wife at home. In the end he chose to go home. Just a few short days later, on Hwy 395, Ammon, Ryan, Shawna, and others were arrested and detained and his friend was murdered by the very Government that they were protesting, asking to be Constitutional. Days later Jon turned himself in at his AZ home.
In my opinion, those events had to tear his heart out. If all of us, that were there had “what if’s” and “if only’s” I can’t imagine what Jon must have went through to come to the strong spot that I find him in today.
Now, with this act, Jon is once again being a good brother, patriot, marine but most of all a friend. Thank you Jon, for being who you are and staying true to your heart.
*read more about the people involved in the Malheur Protest in The Heart of the Constitutional Battle and go to the links page for more information*