Bundy and his band of armed supporters are declaring victory after the standoff, and now the fringe groups that support him are talking about using these same tactics elsewhere.
The feds were wise to back down rather than allow Bundy to provoke a gunfight over his 400 head of cattle. Still, the U.S. government cannot let the matter rest there. It must return and enforce the rules. The message to the would-be Bundys of the nation must be that willful violation of laws passed by Congress and the state of Nevada and upheld by the courts will not be tolerated.
This editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times.