Governor Brian Sandoval (R-NV) responds to the violence at the Bundy ranch by issuing a statement asking for calm:
The ability to speak out against government actions is one of the freedoms we all cherish as Americans. Today I am asking all individuals who are near the situation to act with restraint. Although tensions remain high, escalation of current events could have negative, long-lasting consequences that can be avoided.
Governor Brian Sandoval (R-NV) says he is unhappy with the way the BLM is handling the Bundy situation:
No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans. The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly.
Sandoval says he is particularly disturbed by the BLM’s decision to establish specific, bounded areas for protests to take place, whichh he describes as “offensive”. A National Park Service spokesperson says roads leading into the area were closed off for safety considerations during the cattle roundup, she says, but the NPS wanted to make sure protesters had a place in the area to gather.