The real militia is all able bodied men between the ages of 18 and 45, as established by the Militia Act of 1903.
That's the constitutional definition. Those of us who lived through the 1990's remember that the media and politicians had their own definition, and it was one that really tainted things.
"Militia" can conjure up different meanings for different people. For many of us, it's the correct definition. For many other folks, it's a sinister concept involving homegrown terrorist or insurrectionist activity. As recently as two years ago, Time
ran a spread about domestic militia groups that painted a very
bleak and sinister picture.