Man Kills 17-Year-Old Boy For Listening To Music Too Loudly

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.

Related from Care2:

Stand Your Ground Laws Increase Murders, Economists Say

National Rifle Association Offers “Stand Your Ground” Insurance

Justice for Trayvon: Repeal “Stand Your Ground” Laws in All 25 States

Photo credit: Photo by Gideon Tsang used under a Creative Commons license.


Nat Turner
Nat Turner5 years ago

Too many Black youths, not only in USA but world wide,
are murdered by self appointed executioners,
World how long are you going to let this go on.
How long will so called decent people excuse wrongs,
which they could never imagine being done to their own.
Speak up people, before it's your fence,
that the chickens come home to roost on.

Yi Wang
Yi Wang5 years ago

I agree with Robby C. Kids have to learn manners and
The hot commodity recommendations and evaluation
Bnr.Corespect others.
Very sad circumstances.

Angelinajullie Angelinaju
Past Member 5 years ago

My hat is off to you!!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago

he could have just ignored the music and walked away -_-

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra6 years ago

Thank you Ximinea, for Sharing this!

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

A few months ago a 35 year old man killed a 13 year old girl, because he didn't like the noise that came out from the girls apartment. This happened in Sweden, where there's no "Stand your ground"-law. Instead they have "I-heard-voices-in-my-head-and can't-be-responsible-for-what-I-do-even-if-it-is-to-cold-bloodily-murder-an-innocent-13-year-old-girl"-law. He was sentenced to mentally care. He'll be out in 6-8 months.

Akeel A.
Akeel A.6 years ago

hang him!

Ernest Roth
Ernest R6 years ago

@ Sharon H ..."you're simply insane to thing kids play loud music to bully people. I'm 67 and I still play loud music. if it's a song I like, I crank it up! Should I be murdered for it? I have a convertible too so everyone else can hear it too." Yes , some DO play loud music to annoy and bully people. They enjoy what is usually impotent rage. Others like yourself just don't give a damn whether it is extremely unpleasant for other people or not. I would have thought that a person in their sixties would have learned a minimum of consideration and courtesy. You learn something new every day.

Ernest Roth
Ernest R6 years ago

@ Carol M. "he could have and should have just drove off" That would have avoided a most unpleasant outcome, as would have been the boys tuning down their noise to a bearable level.

Ernest Roth
Ernest R6 years ago

@ Karla W. “Don't call the police just take care of it yourself”. That is exactly the message of the “no-snitch” law which governs the actions of many in the black community. There is a death sentence for non-compliance. It is a law difficult to follow for a single parent who has had a child killed in a drive by shooting.