The Barbi twins summed up the situation pretty well considering Twitter’s 140-character limit, but we’ll let the New York Daily News add some detail.
A turf war has erupted in rural Nevada as a longtime rancher and hundreds of his supporters battle the federal government, which has moved to seize cattle that graze on thousands of acres of public land.
Cliven Bundy, 68, has been embroiled in a two-decade-long dustup with the federal Bureau of Land Management, which finally sent in men armed with large guns to surround Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville, west of the Arizona and Utah border, as contracted cowboys roundup the man’s 900 beef cattle during the next several days.
Bundy’s cattle have been grazing on public land, but Bundy hasn’t paid grazing fees to the federal government. That makes his cattle “trespass cattle,” and agents are currently rounding them up. Environmentalists have an interest in the case as well: the area has been designated a critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise.
Protesters siding with Bundy have been given a “First Amendment Area” in which to protest, but that hasn’t been welcomed.
The protesters have not stayed in their “First Amendment Zone,” and today, things have gotten ugly, as seen in this YouTube video. (Caution: language warning.)
The standoff continues, and some are wary of a Waco-like situation developing. Others wonder why America’s southern border hasn’t drawn this sort of enforcement.