Bundy: Protesters Are Occupying Federal Land to 'Defend Our Freedoms & Liberties'
Ammon Bundy, one of the armed protesters occupying a national wildlife reserve in Oregon, told Megyn Kelly tonight that their goal is to restore and defend the Constitution.
The militia members are occupying a federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in protest of what they see as "abuses" by federal agencies against local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond.
Bundy told Megyn that the federal government does not have the authority to enter states and control people's land and property.
He explained that the government is both the plaintiff and prosecutor in this dispute, which leaves the Hammonds no proper redress.
"This structure of this government is not intended for the federal government to come down against individuals in a state in these matters, and that is what this is all about," Bundy said.
Bundy explained that he doesn't want this standoff to come to violence, as he and the other protesters have so much to live for, with wonderful lives and families.
"I'm not here to die. I'm here to defend my freedoms and my liberties," Bundy said. "It's not going to come to that. There's good things that are going to come from this. And things are going to get straightened out."
"It will be a benefit for many, many people across this nation. And I can pass a lot of what I've enjoyed in this life onto my children."
Watch the interview above.