"Rook" has some thoughts on the Bundy Ranch fiasco.
The Bundy Ranch cattle have been returned and the BLM agents have retreated, for now.
This is a lesson for everyone who may be misinformed about the true purpose of the 2nd Amendment. It was not enacted primarily to enable citizens to protect themselves from criminals, although it serves that role. The PRIMARY PURPOSE of the 2nd Amendment is to afford citizens the ability to protect themselves from an over-reaching, over-bearing and tyrannical government.
After the BLM showed up with dozens of armed agents to redress what is nothing more than a civil dispute, the people of Nevada responded in kind, with more than a thousand citizens - many of them armed with pistols, rifles and assault weapons - blockading the gates of the BLM. There were other ranchers, truckers, local business owners, and militia members from as far away as New Hampshire who chose to adopt this fight against federal government oppression as their own. In the face of armed resistance to their armed assault against citizens, the government decided to give back ALL of the seized cattle and retreat from the area. Without the 2nd Amendment the outcome would have been far different.
Nevada ceded stewardship of the disputed land to the federal government many decades ago because the BLM said they had more resources to steward the land. There was never any intent that the federal government would charge Nevadan's fees to use their own land. The Bundy's use of the land predates the government land-grab by many decades. But states ceding control of ANYTHING to the federal government - land, waterways, forests, school systems, highways, etc. - rest assured the states will regret it sooner or later. Inevitably the federal government will abuse their increased power and remain insatiable in it's quest for more power to control the lives of it's citizens. More regulations, more fees, more taxes and more ability to extort and manipulate the state governments.
Bureaucrats have an innate hunger for more employees, more money for their budgets, and more authority. Building their empire gives them more power and prestige, not to mention that their pay will be made commensurate with the size of their domain. Federal government will continue to grow beyond our ability to pay for it unless we fight to bring it under control. And as a LAST RESORT we have the 2nd Amendment.