If, in a vacuum, I told you that a bearded man with his head covered had posted a video on social media calling on his followers to leave their homes
with weapons, migrate to a new area, take over government property “as long as necessary” and use violence if confronted by law enforcement, you’d
probably assume that I was talking about the latest propaganda video released by Isis, filmed in Iraq or Syria and intended to recruit violent Muslim
But that exact call was recently issued on Facebook by white rancher Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy who also engaged in an armed standoff with
law enforcement in 2014 and who currently owes the government more than $1m in fees. The younger Bundy’s goal this time was to encourage his fellow
American “patriots” to take up arms against the US government in protest of the arson convictions of ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr and his son,
Militia leaders claim approximately 150 followers accepted Ammon Bundy’s call, although reporters on the ground are saying it’s far fewer. The armed
men are currently occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon to, in their words, “assist in helping the people of Harney County
claim back their lands and resources”. Ammon Bundy has said that his people won’t “rule out violence” if law enforcement “tries to remove them”.
But, don’t worry America: he promised everyone that “we are not terrorists”. What a relief.
So, what is the difference between a terrorist and a member of an armed militia?
It's a question the NRA don't want Americans to ask themselves.