Here’s a question worth asking right now: What would happen if 150 armed Black Lives Matter protesters occupied a federal building?
This is exactly what an armed white militia did when they took over the headquarters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Burns, Oregon. Known in some circles as #YallQaeda, who are waging #YeHawd, they reportedly took the action to protest the government control of land in the West and the punishment of two local ranchers who refused to sell their land. Specifically, Dwight and Steven Hammond, father and son, were convicted of arson on federal land. A member of the group, Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy, said the group is “planning on staying here for years” and told the Oregonian they are “willing to kill and be killed if necessary.” Another militia member said, “I didn’t come here to shoot, I came here to die.”
Meanwhile, also joining Bundy is Ryan Payne, an Army vet who claimed he organized militia snipers to target federal agents during the Bundy standoff in Nevada last year.
Political protest, which is free speech, is one thing, as was the original protest throughout Burns. But when you and your boys get your guns, form a splinter group and take over a federal building, that is terrorism. And yet, law enforcement is taking a low-key approach to the whole thing. No national guard has been called in. Nothing to see here. Is this not the country that seeks to end terrorism?
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