Rally to Support Land Owners Along Red River

    Saturday members of various organizations came together in front of the Wichita County Courthouse to show their support for land owners along the Red River. These land owners are in a dispute with the Bureau of Land Management.

    "I am up here to support the ranchers that are fighting the BLM," Amy Hedtke, Delegate for the Republican State Convention said.

The Texas Tactical Patriots "Stand By Me" rally took place in the front yard of the court house in Wichita Falls. Organizers said the family friendly event is meant to inform and gather support.

    "That's all this is about, trying to find a way to gather enough support to where a regular group of people with no other agenda other than that come together and tell the government to stop, don't mess with Texas," Jeff Staggs, rally organizer said.

    Many people in attendance did not own land along the Red River but say it's up to them to show the government how they feel about these seizures.

    "I think it's going to be up to the people to maintain a grassroots campaign to get out and to let our representatives know that we won't tolerate this. That this is unacceptable in the United States," Melvin Willis, member of Anonymous said.

    Organizers with Texans Against Terrorism and Tyranny said they have no intentions of occupying any land and will not be violent. They just want to show land owners along the Red River, they have their support.

    "I'm tired of watching a regular Joe get pushed around in this world," Staggs said.

         U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry filed a brief along with 21 other U.S. House members supporting landowners in the lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management.
    Rep. Thornberry has also helped pave the way for the Red River Private Property Protection Act which passed the House of Representatives in December.

    That bill which would set aside existing federal land surveys and instead allow for new ones to be conducted is expected to be voted on in the Senate. 
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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