Militia members from around the nation come to the Bundy ranch in support, some of them armed and saying that they are willing to use violence against federal officials in support of Bundy. Two militia members from Montana say they will use their guns to defend Bundy and his cattle from “tyranny,” but insist they will not fire the first shot. One, who organizes militia, groups says:s:
They all tell me they are in the process of mobilizing as we speak. … We need to be the barrier between the oppressed and the tyrants. Expect to see a band of soldiers. We’re not anti-government. We’re anti-corrupt government.
Other militia members comment:
[W]e provide armed response. They have guns. We need guns to protect ourselves from the tyrannical government.
This is a better education than being in school! I’m glad I brought you. I’m a good mom. They’re learning about the Constitution.
I think it’s bull, and it really made me mad. This isn’t about no turtles or cows.
Federal authorities have some 200 law enforcement officials on the site.