What Does the Recent Conflict at Cliven Bundy’s Ranch Mean?

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Over the course of the last few days, a conflict between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy sparked national outrage. The federal government had surrounded Bundy’s ranch in an effort to confiscate his nearly 1,000 cows that lived on the disputed land.

Due to social and alternative media, word of this conflict quickly spread. Militia members and protesters from around the nation started to flock to the Bundy ranch in Clark County, Nevada. The nearly 200 federal agents, armed with sniper rifles, automatic weapons and other military equipment, were now met by an equally large, angry and passionate group of armed militia members and protesters.

The people of this nation saw that the federal government was once again overstepping its boundaries and they decided to stand up and say no. This resulted in the federal government backing down and retreating from the area for the time being. BLM retreated from the ranch on Saturday.

Protesters gather at the Bureau of Land Management's base camp near Bunkerville, Nevada

The government overstepping its boundaries is nothing new. Recently Edward Snowden released evidence that the NSA had been spying on the American and international public. This problem is rooted in many major issues in America and around the world at this time. What this recent event at the Bundy ranch has displayed is that when the people stand up, they have the power to force the government to comply.

The conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy is far from over. Bundy is still on the hook for the fines, and during the conflict somewhere around 100 cows died. This story should continue to be monitored, because there is a good chance that the feds could be back.