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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.

Admitting that they hadn’t the forethought to pack enough snacks and then becoming angry when people made a mockery of their pleas, the militia kept trying to drum up support for their cause – but they received very little.

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.

Now that the siege is over, with the final four protestors surrendering peacefully in mid-February, everyone involved has been indicted by a grand jury on a number of felony counts. Many are facing serious time behind bars, but either way, they’ll live the rest of their lives with the label we choose to attach to them.

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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.

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Are the Bundy Militia Members Terrorists
By Carlos Gamino

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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Are the Bundy Militia Members Terrorists

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