The now-infamous civilian militia that descended on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s property in recent weeks is still hanging around. They say they have no intentions of leaving anytime soon and believe the federal government is watching them.
“We stay until the Bundys tell us we can go home,” said Jack Commerford. Commerford travelled all the way from New Hampshire to show his support for Bundy. He was joined on the trek by fellow New Hampshire resident Jerry DeLemus.
"There are people out here who will sacrifice their lives and their fortunes and their sacred honor to defend them," said DeLemus. "If someone points a gun at me, I'll definitely point my gun back."
The Bureau of Land Management ended its standoff with the Bundys last week amongst mounting tensions between federal agents and protesters. The government maintains that Bundy owes over $1.1 million in grazing fees and says it plans to settle the dispute “administratively and judicially.”
Over the weekend, Sen. Harry Reid twice referred to the militia protestors as “domestic terrorists.” Bundy’s supporters seem to have taken to the term, as many of them are reportedly now sporting nametags with the words “domestic terrorist” printed on them.
While Reid voiced his disapproval of the protestors, fellow Nevada senator Dean Heller, Republican, is more concerned with the federal government’s handling of the situation.
“I take more issues with BLM coming in with a paramilitary army of people, individuals with snipers, and I’m talking to people and groups that were there at the event, and to have your own government with sniper lenses on you, it made a lot of people very uncomfortable,” Heller said.