Cliven Bundy’s plight has become a rallying cry for militias around the country. As many as 5,000 armed militia are reportedly expected to come from far and wide to the Cliven Bundy ranch in the ensuing days to protect the Bundys and to take back their cattle. They say they are not anti-government, just anti-corrupt government.
The land being fought over in southern Nevada is owned by the state of Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management only manages the land. The federal government owns or manages 81% of Nevada’s land. It’s unfortunate no one stood up to them besides these ranchers. Where have there political representatives been all these years?
The Bundys claim they have the right to graze their cattle on the open range but a 1992 change of law says they don’t. Bundy does not recognize it. He believes he has rights passed down through his family.
The Bundys have lost their court cases to allow their cows to graze on the land freely, but as the Bundy son Amman said, to paraphrase, it’s like having your family attacked and then facing the attacker in long robes in court – they’re all the same people.