Bundy says he will defy the federal government if they press him on the issue of his cattle:
I’ve got to protect my property. If people come to monkey with what’s mine, I’ll call the county sheriff. If that don’t work, I’ll gather my friends and kids and we’ll try to stop it. I abide by all state laws. But I abide by almost zero federal laws.
Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins, a Bundy supporter who says he does not recognize the federal government’s authority, says of Bundy:
Cliven doesn’t want to be a martyr — the guy who shot it out with the feds, Waco-style. I just hope the government isn’t stupid enough to go pick a fight with him.
Bundy’s wife Carol says she, her husband and her children are ready to protect their land with violence:
I’ve got a shotgun. It’s loaded and I know how to use it. We’re ready to do what we have to do, but we’d rather win this in the court of public opinion.
Of her fifteen-year old son Arden, she says he will stand beside his parents if need be:
Arden doesn’t know life any other way. We’ve been fighting this war before he was born.