America is transfixed: a ragtag bunch of gun-toting farmers is protesting against land laws by 'occupying' a wildlife refuge. With opinion divided into 'patriot' and 'idiot' camps, Tim Walker travels to the frozen wastes of Oregon to meet them
“I felt a desire and an urge”, said Ammon Bundy, leader of the anti-government militia in Oregon
The man was one of a group of protesters who have taken over a federal building
In freezing temperatures the US Park Service plans to block power, phonelines and the road to the besieged refuge
The armed group has claimed it is defending two local cattle ranchers from government tyranny as they face prison sentences for arson
If a group of armed Muslims took possession of a federal building or even its lobby to protest calls to surveil the entire group, it's even more doubtful they could avoid harsher, more-alarming labels.
News organizations initially used #OregonUnderAttack , but Twitter users started using some less-neutral terms to refer to the 'militia'
The start of an armed separatist movement in rural America - or an out-of-control local dispute?
Seems like a decent way to generate tax revenue
Nine people were killed in the shooting at Umpqua Community College
The threat was posted on 4chan the day after the Oregon shooting
Gun sales this year could exceed record sales reached in 2013
The news comes as the the country reels from its 45th school shooting this year
Little is known about Chris Harper Mercer, the 26-year-old who has been identified as having killed 10 people during the attack
Anastasia Boylan was shot in the back by Chris Harper-Mercer as he went on a killing spree through Umpqua Community College
The President is correct to draw the comparison but the respective figures do not tell the whole story