Former Graham County, Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, one of the militia leaders who participated in the armed standoff with federal authorities, says he and other organizers planned on putting women in front of them in case law enforcement officials began shooting:
If they’re going to start killing people, I’m sorry, but to show the world how ruthless these people are, women needed to be the first ones shot. I’m sorry, that sounds horrible. I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die. I would’ve gone next, I would have been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here.