It’s been just about a month since the story of welfare rancher Cliven Bundy and his group of wannabe G.I. Joes made headlines in Nevada. It was around that time I wrote an article calling many of these people who seem giddy about the possibility of having some kind of armed conflict with federal agents terrorists.
After all, isn’t that why many of these tea party “patriots” say our Second Amendment is for – an armed revolt?
But after the initial flareup at the Bundy ranch had subsided, there were reports from Nevada concerning these “militia” individuals setting up checkpoints along the highway near Bunkerville and stopping drivers to ensure that they were from the area.
And now there’s a story about the Utah Highway Patrol investigating an incident where a federal worker driving a U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) vehicle was threatened with a handgun by hooded gunmen.
Eric Reid, a supervisor at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Fillmore Field Office said that two individuals in a blue Dodge 1500 extended-cab pickup pulled alongside one of the field agents and “told him he was No. 1 with that certain gesture.”
The truck then backed off but reappeared later. Only this time the men were wearing hoods and holding a sign that read, “You need to die.” One of the men pointed what appeared to be a Glock at the field agent. After the truck moved on, the agent tried to get the license plate number but it had been covered up by duct tape.
“It’s one of those things now we’re going to be dealing with,” Reid said. “A lot of people have taken that attitude toward the government.”
And these people want to act offended when I call them terrorists? Could you imagine if a couple of Muslim men did something like this towards a government official? It’s amazing when it’s a group of armed white people threatening the federal government they’re being “patriots,” but if a group of armed Muslims were to do some of these same things they’d be branded terrorists and those same armed white people would be outraged.
So while these people might keep calling themselves patriots, I’m going to continue to call them what they really are – domestic terrorists.