Letter: Stop referring to Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and other armed groups as militias

A member of the Proud Boys, right, stands in front of a counter protester as members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators rally on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Portland. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Isn’t it about time that the press stop referring to the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers and all those other armed groups as militias and recognize them for what they really are: Gangs. Common thugs with the right to bear arms. They’re no different than the members of the Mexican cartels.

The Second Amendment makes reference to “well regulated militias” but these gangs can’t show you a copy of their regulations because they don’t have any. They label themselves as militias to pretend they have legitimacy. It sounds better than “gangs.” I’d wager that most of them can’t even spell militia and they probably can’t tell you what the Second Amendment says about militias. Besides, there aren’t any sanctioned militias in this country besides the Army.

The armed “Proud Boys” that were at the Tea Zaanti gathering had their faces covered like common criminals, like gang members. They didn’t want to be recognized. Is that any way for legitimate, proud militiamen to appear? Just who were they protecting?

They claim they were there to protect children, but they were actually endangering children and everybody else. The press needs to stop legitimizing them and insulting us by referring to these gang members as militias. Call a spade a spade.

Manny Garcia, Salt Lake City

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