As the showdown between the Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy heightened, militias from around the nation flocked to the small desert town in order to help support and defend the Nevada rancher.
Militiamen from as far away as Montana showed up to the ranch to take a stand against what they believed to be government “tyranny.” Donning camouflage attire and burly beards, the militia members were welcomed with open arms by the Bundys and their friends and family to assist in protesting the land-grab by the BLM, over a piece of property the Bundy family has been ranching for over a century.
Earlier in the week tensions flared after videos were released showing federal agents using extremely aggressive tactics on the protestors, even pushing on of Bundy’s daughters to the ground for unknown reasons.
The events had caused a national militia called “Operation Mutual Aid” to show up to the ranch and “set up camp” to defend the rancher and his property in what they’re calling a fight for freedom.
One of Bundy’s daughters, Lynn Brown praised the efforts she had seen from complete strangers in what turned out to be the largest standoff between the federal government and the people in recent times.
“They’re here to protect Cliven’s family and home,” she said.
Another of Bundy’s relatives saw it as an excellent learning experience for her teenage children. Illona Ence said that “This is a better education than being in school! I’m glad I brought you. I’m a good mom.” She added “They’re learning about the Constitution.”
Her sons made a sign to put up in order to voice their opinion of what they think the feds should be doing rather than harassing a rancher, it read “CONTROL OUR BORDERS! NOT OUR RANCHERS!”
Others who joined the protest made similar signs, many of which were posted in the “Free Speech Zones” that the BLM set up for people to have an area to exercise their First Amendment rights.
“TYRANNY IS ALIVE” one said. Another read “WHERE’S THE JUSTICE?”
The conflict, which many equated to the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas that killed 76 people, seemed to come to an end yesterday when the BLM announced it was going to cease its operations at the Bundy ranch. Since then it’s being reported that the federal agents are packing it in and withdrawing from the area, however many are saying that this won’t be the end of it and they’ll be back.
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