Audio of Sen. Brogdon's Associated Press Interview Released
By Charles Bassett, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- State Senator Randy Brogdon continues to deny making comments supporting a state run militia, but now audio tapes of the comments in question have been released.
According to an Associated Press interview, Brogdon said he supported the militia, but he denied it when he was asked about it on Wednesday.
"If you read the article on the drudge report, I didn't say anything about a militia. I talked about reaffirming the Second Amendment rights," Brogdon said. "Things in that article were attributed to me that have no basis of fact whatsoever."
Brogdon said his words were taken out of context, and he was only talking about what's in the Second Amendment, but somehow that got lost.
"Is the state militia a good idea? It probably is because it, again, it would just reinforce the, the attitude and the belief that you and I have the right to keep and bear arms and to provide and protect our families from and overreaching federal government. I think it's a great idea," Brogdon said in a recent interview with the Associated Press.
Brogdon said his comments were tied to a conversation he thought he was having about the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.
"You and I have that right to protect ourselves from each other, to protect ourselves from any kind of tyranny, any kind of sedition that would come our way, to protect our property," Brogdon said.
But that statement contradicts what Brogdon said in another part of the interview.
"They were not referring to a turkey shoot or a quail hunt. They weren't really even talking about us having the ability to protect ourselves against each other. The Second Amendment deals directly with the right of an individual to keep and bear arms to protect themselves from an overreaching federal government," Brogdon said.
Brogdon still didn't explain what he meant by bearing arms against an "overreaching government," which has left some in his own party to question his comments.
"My good name has been tied now to what they like to call a militia like Tim McVeigh. That guy was a terrorist, and it is despicable to drag my good name and tie it to someone so despicable," Brogdon said.
Mary Fallin, Brogdon's republican challenger in the gubernatorial race, does not support his beliefs nor does the state republican party.
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