On 15 Apr 2014
Heroes for Freedom Eager to Use Women as Human Shields in Bundypalooza Shootouts,
Aw, something near & dear to me. You see, I know the Bundys. That's a huge family in my neck of the woods.
Mr Bundy's "supporters" showed up with guns, ready to shoot. They're continuing to provide "security" for the Bundys, even though the govt has no snipers in the hills. But hey, if it keeps them in the news, so be it. They've bought into the drama, but they also got the BLM to release Mr. Bundy's cattle.
The BLM has been telling Mr. Bundy to remove his cattle from the range for 20 years in order to preserve the hallowed hunting grounds of the desert tortoise.
Mr. Bundy hasn't paid his grazing fees for 20 years, so says the BLM. However, the BLM probably isn't willing to accept the payments if he had attempted to make them. The BLM is also attempting to cut the grazing rights of many ranchers in the west:
It's not all cut & dried out here on the range, where there are few structures and ranchers have grazed their cattle for over 100 years.
An example of the definition of "few structures:" A few years ago, it seemed like the whole state of Utah was on fire. The fire blazed through 363,052 acres and burned two structures. Yep - two.
My point is that this seems like such a simple issue for both sides - but the truth is different. The west is being declared off limits by the federal government (they say because of the drought) in an attempt to "manage" the range. The small cattlemen, none of whom are wealthy, are being pushed out of an area that is so rugged there are no homes for miles in any direction. Ranchers help the wildlife - they provide watering stations for their cattle that are also used by local wildlife.
Please remember that the herd of which we are speaking is spread over many miles, so much so that the BLM hired helicopters & planes to help round up the animals.
By the way, Cap'n. You love to claim that libs hate guns. I've made no secret that I'm "liberal," but I also own 3 guns and intend to buy more. I like to go shooting, am pretty good at it. Come over to my house unannounced in the middle of the night and see how my aim is. :)