Rancher Cliven Bundy has been engaged in a standoff with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for several weeks because he refuses to pay grazing fees (more than $1 million) for feeding his cattle on public land for the past twenty years.
Two weeks ago, armed militias came to Bundy's Bunkerville, Nev., ranch and aimed guns at BLM federal agents, who were conducting a roundup of Bundy's cattle.
Now, members of the Oklahoma militia say they are going to take Bundy's side. Some of their 50,000 volunteers are planning to travel to Nevada to help the law-breaking rancher.
"Evidently in America we don’t actually own the property anymore, if you ever did,” Oklahoma Militia member Scott Shaw told KFOR.
When asked if the Oklahoma militia was willing to shoot at U.S. law enforcement, Shaw stated, "It’s up to the feds, the balls in their court! You can do this legally or if you want to try to do a land grab violently, you can do that. We’re going to resist you!”
“Just look around the country, they are doing it everywhere. If they can do it in Nevada, they can do it in Colorado, Texas. I mean, what’s to stop them from coming to Oklahoma? The only thing to stop them is ‘We the People,” said Shaw.
For his part, Bundy called Sean Hannity a "hero" for supporting his cause against the federal government on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Internet talk show today, noted MediaMatters.org (audio below).
"We do not want a civil war," said Bundy. "We just want big government calmed down here and we'll work things out. But we're not even negotiating with... we're not going to negotiate with big government. We're not going to negotiate with BLM."
Bundy went on to brag about how the armed militias that support him are the "first line of defense" for America.