In Shootout With Feds, We'd 'Put Women at Front': Ex-Sheriff

Richard Mack explains strategy in Nevada cattle showdown

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 15, 2014 11:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Fortunately, a face-off between a rancher's supporters—some armed—and federal officials concluded peacefully in Nevada on Saturday. Had it not, a former Arizona sheriff had a plan: "We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front" near the feds, Richard Mack told Fox News, via the Blaze. "If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers." Meanwhile, those involved in the showdown—which, the Blaze notes, became a question of states' rights—are reflecting on the event.

Rancher Cliven Bundy's son tells Reuters that his supporters needed their weapons "in order to intimidate" federal officials. "We were dedicated to opening those gates and peacefully walking through to retrieve those cattle" seized by the government (and ultimately returned). Despite the confrontation's end, however, the conflict isn't finished, says Harry Reid. "We can’t have an American people that violate the law and just walk away from it," he said on Nevada's KRNV, via the Washington Times. "So it’s not over." Many protesters were still at Bundy's ranch as of yesterday, the Times notes.

Rancher Cliven Bundy, middle, addresses his supporters alongside Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, right, on April 12, 2014.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean)
Federal law enforcement officers block a road at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Overton, Nev. Thursday, April 10, 2014. In the foreground are the shadows of protestors.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)
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