Letter: Rebuttal to Robyn Parker’s column, ‘It’s all about the nuts’
The right to keep and bear arms is a constitutionally protected right and that is precisely why folks get defensive when their protected rights are questioned. The Constitution is a contract that is the lawful reins with which you control your government. The people dropped the reins and the government went out of control. It is a pleasure to see honorable men like Jeff McCloskey, David Cox and John Pennington stepping up to educate and get control of the reins again.
The BLM went on a rampage in the early 90s and drastically cut almost every rancher’s permit because of the desert tortoise. In 1976 there were 52 ranching permits in that area of Nevada. Most of those people lost their livelihoods because of the actions of the BLM. There are three left today.
Mr. Bundy took a stand, not only for himself, but for all of us. He refused to be destroyed by a tyrannical federal entity and to have his American liberties and freedoms taken away.
Ranchers in the western states have paid enormous amounts of money for the forage rights those permits allow — not rights to the land, but rights to use the forage that grows on that land.
Many of these AUMS [animal unit months] are water based, meaning that the rancher also has a vested right (state owned, not federal) to the waters that adjoin the lands and allow the livestock to drink. These water rights were also purchased at a great price. If a rancher cannot show beneficial use of the water (he must have the appropriate number of livestock that drinks and uses that water), then he loses that water right. Usually water rights and forage rights go hand in hand.
The Bundys purchased their allotment in 1887 and have improved the public land at their expense.
The issue at Bunkerville, Nev., is a question of law, not an emotional issue. Does the BLM have police power on land not ceded by Congress?
Ninety-nine percent of the public land in Nevada is held in a proprietorial interest and therefore the managers of the land (BLM) have not been given the power of law enforcement and for that reason have no authority to carry guns to enforce criminal laws on the land. The sheriff of every county has been given constitutional authority to enforce the law when acts are done in the commission of a crime.
Pursuant to Constitutional provisions, land must be ceded and accepted by the federal government in order for them to have exclusive jurisdiction and enforce with police power.
If you really want to enjoy your public land then get active in protecting the right of use.
Mesa County Patriots
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