Nev. Lawmaker: Get Bundy Militia Out
He wants state to 'get rid of armed separatists'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2014 12:09 AM CDT
Updated May 5, 2014 2:10 AM CDT
This Wednesday, April 16, 2014 photo shows Jerry DeLemus, of Rochester, N.H., talks, about heading a group of self-described militia members who have been camping on rancher Cliven Bundy’s ranch near...   (AP Photo/Ken Ritter)

(Newser) – Most of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's conservative allies backed away after his "Negro" remarks—but there are still plenty of heavily armed militia members camped around his ranch and neighbors are becoming uneasy, a Democratic congressman says. At a public event over the weekend, Rep. Steven Horsford said he had been approached by concerned residents and he wants officials including Gov. Brian Sandoval to "do their part to get rid of these armed separatists," reports the AP.

Bundy, who refuses to recognize the authority of the federal government, has been involved in a grazing rights dispute with the Bureau of Land Management for decades. Horsford said he had spoken to a girl in fifth grade who asked him why Bundy had "a sense of entitlement" and said he should "just do what everybody else does and pay his fair share," reports KSNV. A spokesman for the governor says that while he isn't planning to move militia groups from the area, he is "monitoring the situation and he's very aware of what's going on out there."

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May 6, 2014 6:14 PM CDT
It's Harry Reid wanting to sell government land to the Chinese for a solar plant, 9000 acres some of which is part of bundys grazing rights. When do you send in STORM Troopers to move cattle ???
May 6, 2014 8:25 AM CDT
How are the Chinese going to build their windfarm if Bundy is there? That's the bottom line. The hacks are pulling out all the stops to get him gone. But that is good. Now we know who's who in the zoo. Is Bundy a racist? No. Listen to what he actually said and not what he was "reported" to have said. Is he a freeloader? Heck no. Things were as they always had been for the ranchers until the Chinese wanted the land. Do the townspeople want the militia gone? Not according to their town meeting and phone calls from the people there. Like I said, we're getting to know who is who.
Crazy Horse
May 5, 2014 10:01 PM CDT
As I'm reading through the comments what stands out is how people look at this strictly as left wing v. right wing. As someone who identifies with the liberty movement I can say that most of these militia members don't buy into the left/right political paradigm. They had issues with eight years of Bush too. It was under Bush that we went to war with Iraq under false pretenses, expanded the NSA, enacted the Patriot act and essentially set up the surveillance police state that Obama enjoys today. But those who identify themselves as Republican never acknowledge how badly the Bush/Cheney administration screwed this country up for eight years, and those who call themselves Democrats refuse to acknowledge the continuing failures of the Obama administration. This notion of Republican v. Democrat is just a facade to fool the electorate into choosing a side. Conservative or Liberal, it makes no difference because in the end both sides are willing to send American manufacturing overseas, hand out billions to multinational banks, become indebted to China, kill innocent people with drones in Afghanistan and tear up the Constitution in the name of fighting terrorism. What is happening in Nevada is just a symptom of a much greater illness plaguing our country.