What I don’t understand about the far right’s embrace of Cliven Bundy, who has been alluding to a violent response to any attempt by the federal government to get him to pay over $1 million in fees he owes, is that they believe they’re the only ones who can get guns. Before I get to that, Steve Benen summarizes the problem:
…it’s unsustainable to think a group of well-armed extremists can simply block the enforcement of American laws in the United States. It’s perfectly understandable that the Bureau of Land Management saw a crisis unfolding and pulled back to prevent bloodshed, but there’s an obvious problem with establishing a radical precedent: you, too, can ignore the law and disregard court rulings you don’t like, just so long as you have well-armed friends pointing guns at Americans.
To put it mildly, that’s not how the American system works. Indeed, that’s not how any system of government can ever work.
Maybe the mistake Occupy made–or workers who think their unions were unfairly busted–was to not bring guns. Worse, the one group of people who might be able to calm them down has no gain in doing so.