What did you expect to happen in a state that is owned more by the Federal Government than by the people or the state?? Something like 87% of the state is owned by the Federal Goverment. When that much of a state is owned by the Feds is it really a state anymore?
"Despite the fact that Bureau of Land Management officials agreed to cease their operation to seize Bundy’s cattle after a massive public backlash, Bundy demanded that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie disarm BLM officials and return his stolen cows.
When this didn’t happen, hundreds of Bundy supporters, including cowboys on horseback, descended on a nearby cattle pen outside of Mesquite where the seized cows were being held."