Is Ammon Bundy a patriot or a terrorist?

Written by on January 4, 2016

If terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims, then the armed men who have occupied a building in the Malheur Wildlife Reserve in Oregon are, by definition, terrorists.

Led by Ammon Bundy, the 40-year-old son of anti-government Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the armed men took over the building after accusing federal officials of unfairly punishing Dwight and Steven Hammond, ranchers who were convicted of arson and sentenced to prison after setting a fire that burned 130 acres in 2001.

But Bundy and his followers do not represent the Hammonds. They represent themselves, and in my view, any peace-loving American who believes in the rule of law should repudiate Bundy’s tactics. Because if Islamic extremists who brandish guns in pursuit of political gain are labeled terrorists, then right wing extremists who do the same must fall under the same definition.

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Photo: Ammon Bundy speaking at a forum hosted by the American Academy for Constitutional Education (AAFCE) at the Burke Basic School in Mesa, Arizona. Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons


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  1. JC Bond   On   January 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Terrorist or Patriot? Neither. He’s a seditionist since he is violating the law by attempting to subvert democratic will and contrary to his delusional, incoherent rantings, the Constitution, thru armed force.

    • Solomon Jones   On   January 9, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      That’s an interesting take. He is indeed a seditionist since sedition is conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state, and he tried to encourage other armed ranchers to come and join their rebellion. Bundy and his followers should, at the very least, be locked up for criminal trespass at that federal building.But more than that, they’re fighting for land that’s not even theirs. That land belonged to a Native American Tribe called the Paiute Tribe. The Federal government actually protects the Paiute’s sacred lands from the ranchers, but that hasn’t been something that’s been widely covered in this story.

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