The same militias that prevented the Bureau of Land Management from rounding up cattle at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada could take action against federal agents all across the Western United States, according to the head of a gun advocacy group.
Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt made the comments over the weekend while interviewing former Sheriff Richard Mack, the founder of the posse group called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.
Pratt said the federal government had “really embarrassed themselves” during the armed standoff between BLM agents and militia members in Nevada.
“Hopefully, they are not going to be able to recover from this, because if there is anything at all similar, be it cows or a mine or cutting trees or anything of that sort where, typically in the West, those are the kind of situations where the feds think they got it all,” he said. “It is time that, hopefully Bundy is going to be the encouragement — or maybe from the feds view the match in the gasoline — that redirects the way the federal government has been handling its unauthorized, unconstitutional, very poor stewardship of so much of the West.”
Pratt and Mack also proposed a solution to the drought in California. Sheriffs should force utilities to divert water to farmers in arid regions in the state, they said.
“You mentioned mining and logging,” Mack remarked. “The other one was actual farming, where the federal government has turned off the water to the San Joaquin Valley in California, where we get 50 percent of our fruits, vegetables, and nuts for this entire country.”
“You know, we need a sheriff there that is just going to walk into the water facility and turn it back on,” Pratt replied.
But Mack said one sheriff wasn’t enough. He suggested 25 sheriffs were needed.
“Take 25 California sheriffs, walk up to that facility, and say, ‘Guess what boys, we got a court order. Turn on the water, and if you don’t, we will,’” Mack explained. “That is exactly what it is going to take.”
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