Bundy issues personal requests for armed militia members to come to his ranch to defend him against the purported threat of federal authorities:
YOU HAVE BEEN ASKING WHAT YOU CAN DO! AND NOW ITS TIME!!!!!! They have my cattle and now [they] have one of my boys. Range war begins tomorrow at Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. Bring your signs and horses, and plan to stay as long as you can.
One militia member who responds to Bundy’s call explains:
You feel an obligation as an American. You’ve got an American family who is rightfully on property their family paid the grazing rights on over a hundred and some odd years ago and our government comes in and decides they want to change the rules on that, break the law, really, by changing those rules after a contract’s been signed with their great-great-grandfather — I believe it was — and then run them out? And then use force on their family? And then put the full weight of the American government on them? Shame on them.