In 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, Todd Akin sent a local militia group what he later called "a courtesy letter."
The now-defunct group, the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, had invited Akin to speak at a rally but at the last minute he bailed--no harm, no foul. Yet Akin has been asked to explain that letter, and more broadly his relationship to the militia movement, many times since his first run for national office in 2000.
In August 2012, Akin--as he has done repeatedly over the years--dismissed any connection to the group that believed in their right to bear arms to defend against violations of the Constitution.
"I didn't know who they were, I didn't want to have anything to do with them," he told Laura Ingraham on August 9, adding that the letter, published by Buzzfeed, was really just a standard courtesy.
But that wasn't true. According to an article that appeared in the Springfield News-Leader on May 5, 1995, Akin readily admits that he is well acquainted with the 1st Missouri Volunteer Militia and personally reviewed their paramilitary "unit".More »