2016’ers tell armed Oregon activists to stand down

2016’ers tell armed Oregon activists to stand down

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“We don't have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence against others,” Cruz said.

2016 Presidential contenders Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) urged the armed activists who took over a federal building in Burns, Oregon over the weekend to cease their occupation.

In an interview with Iowa radio station KBUR recorded by Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, Rubio said that the federal government has too much control of land in the Western United States, but that “you’ve got to follow the law.”

“We live in a republic,” Rubio said. “There are ways to change the laws of this country and the policies. If we get frustrated with it, that’s why we have elections.”

In an exchange with reporters captured on video by NBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard, Cruz said that he hoped that protesters will ultimately stand-down peacefully.

“We don’t have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence against others,” Cruz said.

Armed activists lead by Ammon and Ryan Bundy took over a federal wildlife refuge building in Burns, Oregon on Saturday night in protest of two ranchers receiving an extended prison sentence for arson committed on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management.

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