Will Scott discuss the stand your ground law?
caines | 12/20/2012, 4:30 a.m.
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 Jordan Davis. The circumstances surrounding his death start with Michael Dunn, a white man, who went over to an SUV in which Davis and his friends were playing their music. Dunn decided to tell the young men to turn their music down. It is obvious that a heated exchange escalated into an argument and that Dunn decided to shoot inside the SUV numerous times. Davis was hit twice. The teenagers were Black and unarmed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23, and after the shooting Dunn drove away leaving Davis to die in a friends arms. Dunn claims that he saw a gun barrel after hearing a string of threats and felt threatened so he opened fire on the vehicle. He says he fled the scene of the shooting because he feared that he had encountered gang members was afraid for his life. His attorney contends that any responsible firearm-owner would have reacted the same under the circumstances and that her client is therefore not guilty. The police have charged Dunn with murder and attempted murder and it is expected that Dunns attorney will probably use Floridas controversy Stand Your Ground Law for his 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 percent 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 Scotts 19-member task force issued its report affirming the law, the Stand Your Ground Law reared its ugly head again. Daviss story is similar to Martins white men took shooting practice with young Black men as their targets. In both cases, the young Blacks were unarmed with their mere existence making them a perceived threat to the older white men. While Davis died and has since been buried, 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 statewide and national discussion and protest. Stand Your Ground is a barbaric law that empowers firearm owners to shoot first, ask questions later and return to the ways of the Wild, Wild West. The law needs to be repealed and the Davis family and the community deserve a statement of apology from Rick Scott. Roger Caldwell is the CEO of On Point Media Group in Orlando.