Paramilitaries? Terrorists? What should militia groups be called?

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who last week escaped an alleged militia-backed kidnapping plot when federal and state officials arrested and charged 13 men, says such groups are domestic terrorists.State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says militias are “getting a bad rap,” and composed of people “not uniquely different” from you and me. “They have a real purpose, and I think a sincere purpose,” Shirkey, R-Clarklake, said in a May TV interview, months before Thursday’s charges.Both Whitmer and Shirkey were speaking broadly about private, armed paramilitary organizations, often sel…

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