"I don't want to see history repeat itself," said Sara Weaver, who survived the Ruby Ridge standoff in North Idaho when she was just 16 years old.
Watching the standoff in Oregon unfold has been painfully personal for Sara.
"It brings back a lot of memories," she said. "This can be resolved in a better way, let's not let the sacrifice at Ruby Ridge go to waste, people don't have to die," she cautioned.
Sara is hoping for a peaceful end to this protest - she doesn't want any more blood spilled over this issue.
"When people die, there's families attached," she explained. "When my mom and brother died, it destroyed me. I don't want to see that happen to anyone else."
"I understand what it's like to be on the other side of this...to be asked to surrender and wonder what's the best decision," she said. "I'm so grateful we made the decision to come out."
Her message to the protesters who remain steadfast is simple.
"What they're trying to achieve can be achieved in a different way," she said. "It takes just as much courage to decide to live, as it does to die."
Sara added everyone involved is on her heart, and in her prayers.
"I ask they [the protesters] put down their guns...they've been given the chance to walk out, and I hope they take it."