(Las Vegas Review-Journal) Republican lawmakers on Thursday criticized the Bureau of Land Management's handling of the April standoff with Clark County rancher Cliven Bundy, saying tensions could have been eased by local authorities rather than the BLM's use of heavily armed agents.
"Whether Bundy was right or wrong, was the BLM's response reasonable? Anyone watching that unfolding fiasco can answer it was completely insane," said Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., who added that guns should be taken out of the hands of federal land managers.
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Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said photos of combat-uniformed and heavily armed agents crouched behind utility vehicles looked like they were taken in Afghanistan or Iraq rather than the American West. He said it was part of a troubling pattern of non-law enforcement agencies having SWAT-like units armed like "the tip of the spear."