Correct resistance DOES have power and it’s seen even now with the most recent victory over the attempt to privatize public land. In a healthy sign of defiance, hunters and sportsmen gather together to stand up for what they believed would destroy a beautiful part of America.
U.S. Uncut described what the bill actually meant when it reported the following:
“Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) originally introduced the bill that, if signed into law, would have instructed the U.S. Department of the Interior to sell off 3.3 million acres of federal lands spread out across 10 states — roughly the same size as the state of Connecticut.”
As an avid outdoorsman myself, this bill would be devastating to the thousands of hunters, environmentalists, birding folk and more. Thankfully, those people and more came together to fight the cause and were joined by the Governor of Montana, Steve Bullock.
Bullock managed to unite around 1,000 people to meet at the State Capitol to protest Chaffetz’ bill. During the Rally, Bullock gave an encouraging speech to those gathered. His thoughts and words were reported on by U.S. Uncut below:
“This ain’t about politics, whether you’re a Democrat, or Republican, or Libertarian, or vegetarian, these lands belong to you,” Gov. Bullock told the crowd. “They’re our heritage. They’re our economy. They’re our quality of life. Jeopardizing what it means to be a Montanan and transferring those lands is wrong-headed. I’m pleased to stand here today and say loud and clear, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Wholesale transfer of public lands will not happen. Not on my watch.”
Montana wasn’t the only state to get involved either. People flocked to a location in New Mexico and were joined by Jason Amaro, spokesperson for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. “We care about our public lands. This land is who we are,” Amaro told local news.
Those two peaceful rallies were enough to make Rep. Chaffetz tear down his own bill. The representative then took to Instagram to give a full explanation of his decision. The post can be found below:
I am withdrawing HR 621. I’m a proud gun owner, hunter and love our public lands. The bill would have disposed of small parcels of lands Pres. Clinton identified as serving no public purpose but groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message. The bill was originally introduced several years ago. I look forward to working with you. I hear you and HR 621 dies tomorrow. #keepitpublic #tbt
Source: U.S. Uncut