Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack says he and other organizers at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada were contemplating using women and children as human shields in case “rogue federal officers” opened fire.
Appearing on Fox News’ “The Real Story” on Monday, former Sheriff Richard Mack said he and other protesters “were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”
Federal contractors seized about 400 head of cattle from 68-year-old Mr. Bundy over his refusal to pay an estimated $1 million in grazing fees over 20 years.
The agency backed off Saturday and returned the cattle after hundreds of states’ rights protesters, some of them armed militia members, showed up at corrals outside Mesquite to demand the return of the animals, The Blaze reported. Mr. Bundy’s son Ammon was struck with a stun gun in the scuffle.
Mr. Mack told radio host Ben Swann on Monday that he believes women should be “the first ones shot” in order to send the most effective message.
“I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die,” he said. “I would’ve gone next, I would have been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here.”
“But the best ploy would be to have had women at the front,” he continued. “Because, one, I don’t think they would have shot them. And, two, if they had, it would have been the worst thing that we could have shown to the rest of the world, that these ruthless cowards hired by the federal government will do anything.”
Mr. Mack was elected as Graham County sheriff in 1988, and he served two terms until 1997, The Blaze reported.