Militias

Militias

Militias

In line with Joshua D. Freilich

about Militias in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Militias are groups that deploy or encourage paramilitary rituals and use informal social networks, charismatic leaders, and various forms of consciousness raising to mobilize individuals on behalf of an ideology that expresses antipathy toward the federal government, multinational corporations and organizations (such as the United Nations), and international treaties (such as the North American (United States) Free Trade Agreement). Militias also seek to protect fundamental American (United States) rights such as individual liberty and gun rights. Because there is no national militia organization, not all militia groups are the same. For example, while some engage in military training, others, such as the Militia of Montana, only encourage others to train militarily since Montana laws prohibit paramilitary training activity. The militia movement arose in the early 1990s as a reaction to federal legislation that limited gun rights and to perceived federal law enforcement misconduct. Initially, most of the American (United States) public was unaware of these groups.

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