Is listening to music loudly in your car a reason to get shot?
The question seems too ludicrous to even pose, but sadly a 17-year-old boy was recently killed in Florida after an argument that took place over his music being too loud.
Jordon Davis and three friends were in a convenience store parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida when a 45-year-old man, Michael David Dunn, approached them and complained about their music being played too loud. An argument quickly arose and ended with Dunn firing 8-9 shots at the car, 2 of which hit and killed Davis.
According to Dunn he fired the shots because “he felt threatened.” His attorney, Robin Lemonidis, says: “It will be very clear that Mr. Dunn acted very responsibly and as any responsible firearms owner would have acted under these circumstances.”
Firing 8-9 shots at a car of four unarmed teenagers listening to music doesn’t sound responsible to me.
Dunn faces charges of murder and attempted murder this week where he will likely make a “Stand Your Ground” defense. Florida was actually the first state to enact such laws that expand a person’s right to use deadly force for self-defense. It is these same laws that delayed the arrest of George Zimmerman who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last February. Martin too was unarmed, yet Zimmerman claimed he shot in self-defense.
Davis’ death comes one week after a task force in Florida examined the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws and found that the law is “mostly fine as is” despite research proving that such laws actually increase homicides.
Both Martin and Davis lost their lives far too young. Do we need any more proof that these types of laws lead to more violence and unnecessary deaths?
Tell Florida Governor Rick Scott to repeal “Stand Your Ground” laws today to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.
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