Last week, Opposing Views told you about Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who had a run in with nearly 200 armed federal agents and snipers. The Bureau of Land Management sent agents to Bundy’s ranch to seize his cattle after a 20 year battle over money the BLM says the rancher owed, but now, reports claim that the bureau has officially decided to stand down.
Bundy described what the scene looked like on the day that the agents showed up to his ranch.
“They’re carrying the same things a soldier would,” said Bundy to the Free Beacon. “Automatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles. It’s heavy soldier type equipment.”
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Bundy and supporters in the community decided they wouldn’t stand by and let the BLM overrun the ranch, so they decided to fight back. Hundreds of people, including militia members, showed up to fight for Bundy, and for now, they seem to have won.
"Based on information about conditions on the ground and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concerns about the safety of employees and members of the public," said Bureau of Land Management Chief Neil Kornze.
Bundy acknowledged that this victory could not have been possible if outraged citizens didn’t take a stand.
"There is no deal here. The citizens of America and Clark County went and took their cattle,” he said. “There was no negotiations. They took these cattle.”
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Senator Dean Heller acknowledged in a statement that the battle was over and pressed militia members and angry citizens to allow the BLM to leave without any more issues.
“The dispute is over, the BLM is leaving, but emotions and tensions are still near the boiling point, and we desperately need a peaceful conclusion to this conflict,” said Heller. I urge all the people involved to please return to your homes and allow the BLM officers to collect their equipment and depart without interference.”
The BLM raided Bundy’s ranch because they said he owes them over $1 million in unpaid fees, but Bundy himself claims that his family has owned the land for over 140 years and that the federal government has no authority over it.