Posted on August 06, 2014
By CSPOA – Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association
The situation with federal unconstitutional overreach into state lands continues to be one of concern. In several states the protest lines are forming. Back in Nevada, some public statements by Clark County,Nevada, Sheriff Gillespie have raised the tensions again.
The Sheriff, who did not show up until the standoff nearly ended with bloodshed, apparently claimed publicly that the Bundys brought armed men to protect them from the federal assault. In a letter to Gillespie, dated today, 6 August 2014, Ammon Bundy, son of patriarch Cliven Bundy, takes issue with the claim. In fact, this writer is personally familiar with the story, and knows that Cliven specifically told his family not to bring guns to the scene. Further, Ammon told me that they even left their pocked knives in their vehicles when confronting the invading militarized forces made up of armed special tactics personnel and other armed agents. The media coverage of the event motivated hundreds of people from all over America to come in support of the Bundys and of their Constitutional rights that were being trampled upon. A small percentage of these people, who came voluntarily, did indeed have weapons.
Faced with expensive and unnecessary show of force, the Bundys and other citizens called 911, and the Sheriff’s office told the caller that the situation was between the Bundys and the BLM, and that there was nothing the S.O. could do.
Bundy’s letter goes on to list the federal abuses that took place in the April federal siege and standoff near Bunkerville, Nevada, where the Bundy family has lived and operated a ranch for generations.
The standoff involved federal claims to land inside the boundaries of a sovereign state. The Constitution prescribes very limited procedures and purposes for which this can happen, including state permission, federal purchase of the land, and limits on the purposes of the federal government owning or controlling land within a state. Environmental protection of a tortoise, one of the stated reasons for wanting to remove Bundy cattle from the area, and “management” of the land are not mentioned.
Bundy’s letter closes with words from Thomas Jefferson:
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”