“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.” – President James Madison
Claiming membership at roughly 50,000, the unofficial Oklahoma Militia has decided to both figuratively and literally stand with embattled Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in his fight with the federal government, as reported by the NBC affiliate station KFOR-TV of Oklahoma City, OK on April 20, 2014. In an increasingly militarized nation where the federals now see fit to authorize the Bureau of Land Management to maintain their own attack dog unit, as well as such federal departments such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Veterans Affairs have their own (and often heavily armed) police branches, more than a few American citizens are re-discovering the words of the nation’s Founding Fathers regarding the Second Amendment and also tyrannical central governments.
Love, hate or indifferent to the ongoing saga of Cliven Bundy’s fight with the Bureau of Land Management, the embattled cattleman has found that more than a few of his countrymen may not agree with him regarding the legalistic minutia of his court battle, but can more than relate to his standing up to what they believe is an oppressive and ever-intrusive federal government. With dozens of federal LEOs (Law Enforcement Organizations) currently existing on the taxpayers dime, upwards of 50,000 residents of the Sooner State have banded together in a loosely knit organization generically known as The Oklahoma Volunteer Militia.
Militia member Scott Shaw didn’t mince words regarding the federal government’s seizure of approximately 400 of the 500 head of cattle comprising Bundy’s herd, six of which died while being held by the BLM, one being a rather valuable stud bull. Shaw was quoted:
Evidently in America we don’t actually own the property anymore if you ever did.
Shaw also emphasized that if need be, members of the Oklahoma Volunteer Militia would indeed take up arms against the federal government:
It’s up to the feds. The ball’s in their court. You can do this legally or if you want to try to do a land grab violently, you can do that. We’re going to resist you.
Just look around the country, they are doing it everywhere. If they can do it in Nevada, they can do it in Colorado, Texas. I mean, what’s to stop them from coming to Oklahoma?
The only thing to stop them is ‘We the People’.