American Militias: State Level Variations in Militia Activities

Joshua D. Freilich, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The militia movement first entered the consciousness of American society in the Spring of 1995 following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City. Presently, the militia movement is perceived by much of the media and public as a deviant social movement which poses a potentially significant violent threat to the social order. This study seeks to fill the void int he literature by studying, on the state level, the variation in the distribution of militias and in the level of militia groups activities. To these ends the focus of this presentation is on the militia movement's distribution and levels of activities across the United States during the years 1994 and 1995. Specifically, the project seeks to answer the following question: What differentiated states that had more militia organizations (which conducted more activities in the years 1994 and 1995 from those states that had lesser numbers of militia organizations?

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