Bundy vs BLM

If you are not aware, there has been a lot of action in the news over the past week or so in Nevada. If you don’t know, what I’m referring to is the dispute between Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The basics of the story go like this, The Bundy family has been grazing cattle on the land now owned by the BLM since the late 1800s. After the BLM was formed and they began charging for grazing rights, Bundy refused to pay. Also the BLM revoked his grazing rights because of a federally protected tortoise on the land. He continued to graze his cattle and was taken to court. The Bundy’s lost their case and the BLM says that he owes them over $1 million in back grazing fees for the past 20 years (Bundy says it’s much less than that). A judge recently gave permission to the BLM to round up and remove the cattle. This roundup is what started the standoff… When the Bundy family began to protest the situation, there are stories about them being met with excessive force, including attack dogs, snipers and heavily armed BLM Rangers. Oh and we can’t forget, “Free Speech Zone’s”. When news of the force spread around the internet, many militia groups and other activists sprung to action and headed to Nevada. In the end, the BLM decided the risk of danger was too high and pulled back. The BLM states they will attempt to “resolve the matter administratively and judicially”.
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