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Militia’s Intent?

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In the middle of the woods, a man in camouflage points and aims a handgun while a man with ear defenders looks at him and helps steady his arm.
Heath Druzin
Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia Leader Christian Yingling, left, conducts a shooting drill during a weekend militia training in October 2021. Yingling's militias have hopscotched around the country showing up armed to protests around the country, including the deadly showdown in Charlottesville, Va. in 2017.

Heath camps out at a militia training with camouflage-clad recruits shooting guns and practicing first-aid deep in the woods. The leader of the group explains why he shows up armed with his guys to tense protests like the deadly showdown in Charlottesville, Va. We shine a light on what’s motivating people in the militia movement and their chilling outlook for the future.

Heath Druzin was Boise State Public Radio’s Guns & America fellow from 2018-2020, during which he focused on extremist movements, suicide prevention and gun culture.

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