Read by Ammon Bundy at the Clark County Sheriff Precinct, May 2, 2014 As
we have had the opportunity to reflect on the events that took place
between March 26th and April 12th, 2014-we have experienced feelings of
concern, confusion, fear, anger, sadness and joy.
community has been shaken. In many ways, we are still processing the
magnitude of what took place. We ask ourselves so many questions; did
the federal government really come into this valley and terrorize our
Did hundreds of armed forces, in Red Dawn fashion,
lock down the hills and valleys of our peaceful home-threatening at
gunpoint, anyone who stepped off the paved road, with forceful and
Did we really see armed forces convoying through
the streets of our town, diligently recording names and identities of
anyone who glanced wrong or opposed them in any way?
really heavy equipment in the form of dump trucks and backhoes, on our
mountains, tearing up infrastructure that we have used for hundreds of
years, and is vital to our survival? Were we truly in the cross-hairs
of snipers, and under surveillance by the latest in technological
Did these forces actually point their rifles in the
faces of our little children, while beating their unarmed fathers to
the dirt and hauling them off in chains?
Did they really
body-slam our friend, a 59 year old woman to the ground, and sic German
Shepherds on our neighbors-even a pregnant woman?
actually shock a man multiple times with a 50,000 volt Taser for
honorably protecting his aunt, while she gathered herself out of the
We reflect in sadness and awe that this could take place
in our little town. The terror of armed men occupying our land will
never be forgotten. The feelings of despair of these events will long
reside in our hearts. Thoughts of anxiousness that this may ever happen
again, will awaken us from our pillows from time to time.
quiet reflection, we may ask ourselves if we did the right thing by
resisting. Were we in the right when we acted to safeguard ourselves?
When the only response to our multiple pleas for help was silence, when
we were left alone to clean our cuts and wounds, did we have a divine
right, duty, and obligation to protect our family and ourselves?
recall the many times we pleaded with our local government to protect
us; the numerous times we called 911, and begged our Sheriff to send
his deputies to assist. Our cries of distress were met with silence. We
ask ourselves, "Did we try hard enough to get our local government and
law enforcement to act as a buffer and perform their duty to protect
Were the hundreds of phone calls not enough, or is
it just that our elected leaders and Sheriff have forsaken the people
in trade for power and money? We whole-heartedly want to believe that
our Sheriff would not abandon us, but where has his shielding influence
Why was he not here to represent and protect the very
men, women and children of his county that he swore an oath for? Why
did he stand silent and neutral, knowing our community was in terror?
What was his motivation of inaction; was it fear of the federal
government or political reprisal from powerful politicians?
scars of this traumatic event will heal over time. We hope our
community will eventually return to a sense of normalcy. We fervently
hope and pray that these heavy-handed tactics will not be used on us or
any other American ever again. We wonder if our hopes will be in vain;
will they return?
Will they come back with greater force and
more cunning tactics than before? Will our Sheriff keep his oath this
time, and use his lawful forces to stop them, or will the people be
left to their own protection? Will the good people of this nation yet
again have to come running to the rescue of a neighbor?
veterans, retired police force, churches, businesses, families and
individuals have to unite once again to confront these acts of
governmental terror upon the American people?
Will our local
government rouse themselves from disaffection and intervene-protecting
the people? Will they stop fearing to do the right thing and come to
the realization that the people are more important than a government
agency? Will they fight for the rights of the state and her people?
They must stop putting personal gain and advancement in front of the rights of citizens.
need to recognize, that as our elected representatives, they have more
power than those governing in brute force, as they have the might of
the people of this state backing them. With that power we invest in
them, they have the obligation to safeguard our livelihoods, combat
forces of fear, and protect our lives with their own.
weeks ago, our community was in a state of innocence and naivety. We
felt safe and mostly kept to ourselves. We thought the world's problems
would only affect us through television, and could be shut off with
the push of a button.
Our innocence has left us now, we have
experienced first-hand the breath of force upon our necks. We have
gasped in desperation as our lives and agency were threatened. Our cries
have been ignored by our guardians in the next room.
We faced a
choice-either lie down and submit helplessly in defeat, or bite,
scratch, and fight until help would come. We are eternally and
profoundly grateful for the many heroic neighbors who heard our
desperate cries and crashed through the windows to rescue.
additionally thank the thousands that came from every States in this
great nation, and stood in front of raised guns in our defense, and for
the hope that those same guns would never come to their doors and their
We are grateful for those that arrived with pen and
camera, those that arrived with faith and prayers, and those that
arrived with fist and gun. The variety of support from all walks of
life has shown that this was an event that truly touched the good
hearts of many Americans.
We cannot thank you all enough-you
have restored our faith in the goodness of the American people. Our
message to all, is that it is time to make things right. It is time to
adhere to the supreme law of the land-The Constitution of the United
It is time to understand right, stand for what's right,
and do whatever it takes to make it right. We must continue the vision
of our Founding Fathers in preserving the freedoms of the American
people and the sovereign rights of the States.
A nation can never abandon its fate to an authority it cannot control.
must decide if their rights and freedoms are God-granted or are
assigned by a federal government. We believe in the rule of laws and
sustain a limited government. May God bless us to protect this sacred