by Wendy McElroy, Dollar Vigilante:
President Obama seems to want a range war. On one side would be pro-gun anti-Democrat ranchers; on the other side would be militarized federal agents and local law enforcement. The proximate cause is the ongoing restriction of ranchers’ traditional right to graze cattle on public land.
A range war almost erupted in April when agents from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) laid seige to Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch. Helicopters hovered over 200 law enforcement agents; BLM snipers were strategically deployed. Bundy and his supporters pointed their own guns directly back and declared an intention to shoot if fired upon. The Washington Times (May 28) reported, “the Obama administration considered but rejected deploying military force.”
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