Six Week, One Day discussed on Reveal

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Uhhuh from the center for investigative reporting in P. R. X. this is revealed I'm a let's this month to mass shootings happened within hours of each other over thirty people were killed afterwards people last familiar question how could this be happening today we're gonna be tackling that question by looking at how a group of people with extremist ideas increased violence to get their way and now they're believed to spread and in some ways become more dangerous the story takes us back to January twenty sixteen the sun is shining in the sky but the air is frigid in a small Oregon town man in a cowboy hat and a sick one of flannel climbs up the snow bank at the edge of a grocery store parking lot in calls out to a crowd of his supporters I'm not asking you to follow me I go to them now you're National Wildlife Refuge and we're gonna make a harsh Ammon Bundy his short speech on that snow bank kicked off a six week arm standoff with the federal government in a remote bird sanctuary in the middle of winter it's crucial that you understand what's going on here what this issue is truly about it's about our federal government taking over private property this Bundy's second arm stand off his supporters believe that the federal government has no right to public lands it should turn them over to the states M. as father Cliven Bundy had for decades use public land to graze his cattle but refused to pay the federal fees in twenty fourteen the federal government came to collect that ended in the first arms stand off with the Bundys at their ranch in Vacaville Nevada we take you back to the standoff because they lead directly to our story today how anti government groups and individuals a surface to support the Bundys didn't go away when the Bundy state instead over the past few years people within those groups have become worn bold and willing to use violence to get what they want today we're teaming up with the podcast Bundy bill produced by Oregon public broadcasting and long weeks to see how the violence that started with the Bundys has spread but the bills host Lisa Tilly joins me now Hey has gone so before we get to season to remind us what happened to the bodies after those two standoff came to an end both of those ended with these trials that a lot of critics would say the government botch so with the Nevada case they ended in a mistrial and in order again they ended in acquittals for for the bunny brothers and their co defendants so what's motivating the Bundys mean how did they get to the point of the first stand off I think to understand the bunny family you kind of have to understand that where they come from there's a real kind of anti government sentiment that a lot of people share you can look to win the Mormons came west in the eighteen hundreds part of the reason they did that was to get away from the federal government but then the government came to them and sort of started this idea that a lot of Mormons in that area feel that they were persecuted for their religion by the government so all this kind of led to Cliven Bundy standing off with the government in twenty fourteen so yeah how did those religious beliefs kind of drives this this confrontation with the federal government the Bundy is hold a pretty specific set of friends religious beliefs that a lot of Mormons would not agree with and in fact the mainstream Mormon church in Salt Lake City wouldn't agree with so my reporting led me to this thing called the white horse prophecy which is basically this kind of urban legend among Mormon communities that that some people believe Joseph Smith the profit of the church told our early Mormons that they would settle in the Rocky Mountains and that one day the U. S..

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