In today’s rapidly devolving America, it can be impossible to determine what constitutes a federal crime. During previous generations, actions that would precipitate the intervention of trained killers was fairly short; however, one family in Nevada recently found out that being targeted by snipers can be as easy as recording a video.
The incident took place at a Clark County ranch currently in dispute by its owner and the federal government. Though rancher Cliven Bundy contends the land is his by birthright, the Bureau of Land Management insists it is now the property of the government. It has levied substantial fees against Bundy for the right to use the land and, taking a stand against federal overreach, he has refused to pay.
Bundy claims he is willing to face whatever punishment he must to protect his property and the rights of American citizens.
BLM officers are now in the process of corralling his cattle and, to deal with Bundy supporters who visit the scene, have set up two ‘First Amendment areas’ within which free speech is permitted. Such limitations to the constitutional rights of Americans are becoming frustratingly common and, in this case, resulted in a family being targeted by snipers and at least one individual facing criminal charges.
Local reports indicate members of the landowner’s family stopped along a state highway to film the cattle roundup. Even though the BLM contends the disputed land being filmed is off-limits, Ryan Bundy explained he and his family “were on the state highway, not even off of the right-of-way.”
The unarmed family was quickly surrounded by 11 BLM response vehicles carrying twice as many federal agents.
“They also had four snipers on the hill above us all trained on us,” Ryan Bundy added. “We were doing nothing besides filming the area.”
Officials warned them that they were in violation of the law by exercising their rights outside of the prescribed locations. When Dave Bundy did not respond to demands to move in a timely enough manner, he was subjected to a harrowing experience.
“He was filming and talking on the phone,” his brother Ryan said, “I don’t know to whom. It happened pretty fast. They came down on him hard and had a German Shepherd on him. And then they took him.”
Cliven, Dave’s father, tried to find out where his son was taken, Ryan explained, and was told to “get off the phone or he would be arrested.”
He said the family is still unsure what charges his brother is facing.
This story portrays a very disturbing narrative regarding Americans’ disappearing rights. Not only have federal agents reportedly snatched a man’s property after declaring the government owns it; his son was allegedly attacked and arrested for trying to document the process.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom