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As protesters continue to engage in a standoff against the government at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, conservatives agree the events have elevated the debate over federal land ownership.

But lawmakers stop short of endorsing the actions of the protesters occupying a federal building located south of Burns, Oregon.

“It’s brought attention to a problem issue,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told The Daily Signal. “I’m not an advocate of trespassing, taking over federal property, but now that they’ve brought attention to the issue, they don’t need to be violating laws, either—local, state, or federal.”

“We do need to get to the bottom of what happened to the Hammonds. It sounds very abusive,” Gohmert, chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, continued. “We’ve got too much power in the hands of the [Bureau of Land Management], too much power in the hands of Fish and Wildlife [Service], too much power in the Department of the Interior.”

The federal government currently owns more than 630 million acres of land across the United States, and the Texas Republican warned that the federal government is beginning to creep farther east in terms of the land it controls.

“If they’re doing it in the West, then eventually they’re going to come do it in the East, and people all over the country will feel the crush as the federal government takes over the land at a theater near you,” he said.

Constitutional Attorney, Krisanne Hall says in the video below:

“It’s time to stop being directed and led by the federal government’s whims. It’s time to know the facts. This is not about the Hammonds. This is not about the Bundys. This is about a federal government that is operating outside the law of the land. The people are not acting lawlessly…it’s the federal government that is acting lawlessly.”

Whether or not you agree with the actions of the Bundys, you have to agree that government is OUT OF CONTROL with overreach here.

This issues has been going for years and the government must not be allowed to continue unchallenged–especially because they are operating OUTSIDE the law.

Source: Oregon standoff elevates debate on federal-land ownership