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Some of their critics say they wanted to go out in a “blaze of glory” by having federal agents start a shootout… essentially, to become martyrs for their cause.
During the 40-day siege, many of the “militia” members, led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of the infamous Cliven Bundy, came and went freely. They attended town hall meetings, went grocery shopping and ran other errands while broadcasting live streams of their activities… and not one resident of the small, conservative-leaning town joined their fight.
The protesters claimed the community was behind them, but Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward disagrees.
“If one person gives them a Snickers bar, they’re going on national media and claiming that the community supports them,” said Ward. Critics say that the media calling these protestors a militia is inaccurate; some people feel that they should instead have been called domestic terrorists. Many critics are even saying that the media would call the protestors “thugs” or “terrorists” weren’t white – and Columbia English professor John McWhorter says they’re right.
What Do You Think?
Should the armed protestors that took over an empty wildlife refuge in Oregon be referred to as militia members or domestic terrorists? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so share them on my Facebook page or on Twitter. The armed protesters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon took over the small government building for 40 days, trying to get local law enforcement and federal agents to forcibly remove them from the property.
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