The Battle of Bunkerville: One Year Later
The relative calm of Southern Nevada’s Clark County was shattered in April of 2014 when agents of the private, government contracted Bureau of Land Management moved in-force against 67 year-old Nevada Rancher, Cliven Bundy.
The reasons given for why a private company would violate a law-abiding American’s constitutional rights were weak, at best. The claim by the BLM was that they were working to protect the desert tortoise, the same desert tortoise that fell victim to mass genocide by another federally funded agency, The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, some 8 months previous. In that budget cutting measure, it is estimated that ½ of the 1400 turtles housed at the conservation center would be euthanized. An act that calls into serious question the real motives of the BLM.
In addition to their role as protectors of the desert turtle, the BLM contended that Cliven Bundy was behind on his grazing fees. Fees that Mr. Bundy paid to the State of Nevada, as per an agreement that was cemented before the BLM’s un-lawful arrival. The question is this: Does protecting a turtle, or collecting late-fees, rise to the level of sending snipers, armored vehicles and weapons-ready helicopters to southern Nevada? Was it necessary to Taser unarmed men and pregnant women in an attempt to get a point across? Does the BLM, or any government agency, have the right to sequester the public and herd them into an Orwellian named, “1st Amendment Zone?”
Many Americans from all across this nation didn’t think so, and they acted on a massive scale. What happened next was perhaps the greatest display of American grit and patriotism that I, or many others, have witnessed in their lifetimes. The following micro-documentary is look back to those tense filled days in the warm Nevada sun. It’s the day we won a little of our liberties back…it’s the day that the Feds stood down.
Thanks to Jim White for doing this documentary and for being at the Bundy Ranch with us.