On December 2, 2012, a grieving family and friends came together at Trinity Chapel in Powder Springs, Georgia, for a home going service for 17 year old Jordon Davis. The circumstances surrounding his death starts with Michael Dunn, a white man came over to an SUV where Jordan Davis and his friends were playing their music loud, and Dunn decided to tell the young men what he expected them to do.
It is obvious that a heated exchange escalated into an argument and Michael Dunn decided to shot inside the SUV 8 or 9 times, and Jordan Davis was hit twice. The teenagers were Black and unarmed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23, and after the shooting Michael Dunn drove away leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.
Dunn claims that he had seen a gun barrel after hearing a string of threats against him and his girlfriend and he felt that he was being threatened, so he opened fire on the vehicle. He fled the scene of the shooting because he feared that they had encountered gang members, and they feared for their lives.
Dunn’s attorney said he stayed at a local hotel, and the Brevard County local police arrested him Saturday on an out-of-county warrant. Dunn’s attorney entered a not-guilty plea, and she believes that any responsible firearm-owner would have reacted the same under the circumstances.
The police have charged Dunn with murder and attempted murder, and Dunn’s attorney will probably use Florida’s controversy Stand Your Ground Law for Dunn’s defense. George Zimmerman is using the same law as a defense in his murdering of Trayvon Martin. There appears to be a fundamental problem with the law, when it allows white men to feel empowered to shoot first and ask questions later.
In Florida justifiable homicides have grown by nearly 195% since the law took effect in 2005. There is no data that the incidences have been race related, but the two most famous in Florida have been race related.
Ten days after Governor Scott’s 19 member task force issued its report affirming the law, the Stand Your Ground Law reared its ugly head again. Jordan Davis’s story was very similar to Trayvon Martin’s story in February where white men took shooting practice with black young men. In both cases the Black men are unarmed and their mere existence is seen as a universal threat.
Jordan Davis is shot and buried and our governor has refused to make a public statement on the incident. There is no way that the community should let this incident be swept under the rug without a national and state discussion and protest. Stand Your Ground Law is a “Barbaric Law” which empowers firearm owners to shoot first, ask questions later, and turn the country into the Wild, Wild West. The law needs to be repealed, and the Davis family and the community would appreciate a statement from the governor to show that he cares.

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