WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OREGON MILITIA STANDOFF
During a rally in Oregon for two ranchers convicted of arson, a group of anti-government protesters initiated the armed occupation of a federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Here is everything you need to know about the militia standoff
- •Where is the standoff taking place?The headquarters of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, future capital of the Free Republic Of America.
- •How did this start?Protests began after local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond were ordered to return to prison because their time already served for committing arson did not meet minimum-sentencing laws, which, to be fair, often do more harm than good and are certainly worthy of reevaluation.
- •Who are the ranchers protesting against?Gub’ment.
- •Why did the ranchers take over the federal wildlife building?You big-city folk wouldn’t understand.
- •How many people are involved in the standoff?An estimated 150 militia members who would otherwise be armed and spouting anti-government rhetoric somewhere else.
- •What are the protesters’ demands?$5 million in cash and safe passage to 1874.
- •Is there legitimacy to their complaints?Compared to the plight of the Oregon’s nearly extinct short-tailed albatross? Absolutely not.
- •Who is Ammon Bundy?An American patriot who is currently living inside a government wildlife building in the middle of Oregon to defend ranchers who burned down 130 acres of federal land.
- •Are the protesters violent?They have vowed to only seek a peaceful overthrow of the entire U.S. federal government.
- •How long are they planning to stay?As long as their supply of whiskey and bison chili lasts.
- •What is the militia ultimately hoping to achieve?Garner enough attention over next few weeks to be brought onstage during rally for a low-polling GOP candidate.
- •Is the protest going to work?Nope.