It's not surprising that the "Oath Keepers" guys don't see the irony in their actions. Somehow I think that irony is lost on these types of people.
The good news is, of course, that there was only four of them. The bad news is that they were heavily armed and did not seem to be able to articulate why they are there in the first place. (Not to mention that more are sure to come.)
Unless I am missing something, the folks from the law enforcement side seem to be well prepared for anything that may come their way, so they really don't need these vigilante types making an already tense situation worse. In fact, it looks to me like they (law enforcement) are ready for war.
The "Oath Keepers" look like they are ready for war as well. They sure had a lot of fire power. It's amazing that the authorities are charging a reporter with trespassing and obstructing justice, but not these "Oath Keeper" guys. The reporter was armed with a camera, the "Oath Keeper" guys are armed with guns.
Of course they don't pose a threat to these like-minded individuals who, for the most part, are probably just glad for the company.
"The men said they were part of a group called "Oath Keepers," which describes itself as a non-partisan association of current and former U.S. soldiers, police and first responders who aim to protect the U.S. Constitution. They told reporters on the street that they were in Ferguson to protect a media organization.
The men attracted immediate attention in the mostly black neighborhood, which exploded into violence on Sunday night as protesters marked the one-year anniversary of the killing of an unarmed black teen by police.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization, has described the "Oath Keepers" as a "fiercely anti-government, militaristic group," and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar condemned their appearance in Ferguson." [Source]
Hmmm, a " fiercely anti-government, militaristic group". I think that they will fit right in.
*Pic from thedailybeast.com