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A state-run militia? What could go wrong?

This Associated Press report on talk of a "state-sponsored militia" in Oklahoma is ahead of the curve, by perhaps a year. Legislators say that the idea of a civilian defense force, inspired in part by a tea party activist, may not be doable until 2011, when Republicans are expected to gain the governorship and more seats in the legislature. And the AP quotes a number of conservatives and libertarians, including Instapundit Glenn Reynolds, who pour the coldest of cold water on the concept. ("Whether someone should get a militia to go toe-to-toe with the federal government ... now, that strikes me as kind of silly.")

But then there's State Sen. Randy Brogdon.

State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, a Republican candidate for governor who has appealed for tea party support, said supporters of a state militia have talked to him, and that he believes the citizen unit would be authorized under the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

The founding fathers "were not referring to a turkey shoot or a quail hunt. They really weren't even talking about us having the ability to protect ourselves against each other," Brogdon said. "The Second Amendment deals directly with the right of an individual to keep and bear arms to protect themselves from an overreaching federal government."

Ah, Randy Brogdon! Before this, he was speaking up in defense of legislation to demand proof of citizenship from presidential candidates. Before that, he was one of the state legislators opposed, on looming statist control grounds, to REAL ID legislation. Just so you know that this idea didn't come fully formed out of the ether, or that it's the sort of thing all tea party activists are moving toward.

By David Weigel  |  April 13, 2010; 9:21 AM ET
Categories:  Fringe  
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