Hundreds of supporters — many of them armed — showed up to protest the federal government’s decision to round up cattle from land in Nevada a rancher says he owns, prompting the feds to surrender the animals, for now.
"Get off our land, period. Give us back our property," said Ammon Bundy, whose father, Cliven Bundy claims his family has the right to allow more than 400 head of cattle to graze on acres of ranch he says are his.
The Bureau of Land Management began corralling the livestock outside Mesquite, Nev., last week, but agents were met by resistance by hundreds of protesters, fighting for what they consider states’ rights.
“I’m willing to lay my life down,” said one man who declined to be named, but showed up with an AK-47 hanging by his side.
One protester was shot at by law enforcement officials with stun gun. Ammon Bundy said the federal agents were the “aggressors.”
“They had the Tasers, they had the weapons, they had the dogs, and we had nothing but us,” he said.
"No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists."
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The dispute over the land spans generations — “My grandpa fought for this. I'm going to fight for this,” said Cliven Bundy’s sister, Margaret Houston — and it’s not over yet.