In the widest sense, the whole military force of a nation, including both those engaged in military service as a business, and those competent and available for such service; specifically, the body of citizens enrolled for military instruction and discipline, but not subject to be called into actual service except in emergencies.
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security. Thomas Jefferson
Illegal killings of elephants are being linked to organized crime and the funding of armed militia groups. Many consumers in Asia do not realize that by buying ivory, they are playing a role in the illegal wildlife trade and its serious consequences. Li Bingbing
A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country. James Madison
The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws. John Adams
I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials. George Mason