Mexico Vigilantes Agree To Join Government Forces

In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, an armed man belongin […]

In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, an armed man belonging to the Self-Defense Council of Michoacan, (CAM), stands guard at a checkpoint set up by the self-defense group at the entrance to Antunez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — "Self-defense" groups confronting a drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan have agreed to join government law enforcement forces after months of firefights with gang members, many times as federal police and troops stood by. The government announced Monday that it had reached a deal with vigilante leaders to


Racial Bias Highlighted As Court Demands Retrial Of Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case

The original trial wrongfully placed the burden of proof on the Black defendant in a self-defense case, an appellate court has ruled.

In Florida, a recent state appellate court decision is forcing open the conversation of the fair application of “stand your ground” laws. In May 2012, Marissa Alexander, a mother of three who had just given birth to her third child a week before the incident in question, fired a “warning shot” into the wall after a physical altercation with her


Gun-Toting Women Are On The Rise

New survey results indicate one in five shooters in the U.S. is now female.

Young women are emerging as the new face of gun ownership in the U.S., with a new survey indicating young females are taking up arms now more than ever, comprising one out of every five shooters in the country. The National Shooting Sports Foundation report, released this month, indicates women between the ages of 18 and 34 are purchasing guns at


Florida Sheriff Warns Against Violence By Supporters Trayvon Martin

No word yet on the police’s attitude toward potential violence from supporters of accused vigilante George Zimmerman.

As the George Zimmerman trial winds down, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for an all-out riot, taking preemptive measures to warn supporters of slain teenager Trayvon Martin that violence will not be tolerated when they gather to hear the verdict. The move came just days before Judge Debra Nelson agreed Thursday to allow jurors to