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Another SYG Florida Shooting Provides Reminder of Trayvon Martin

Here we go again………….

Another (Black) teenager dead and another (White) man claiming self-defense behind Stand Your Ground to justify the shooting.  According to the Miami New Times:

Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis at a Jacksonville gas station over loud music, now tells police that he acted in self defense and shot the teen because he felt threatened. Some legal experts theorize that Dunn and his attorney will likely try and present a defense based on Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

Dunn, a resident of Satellite Beach, Florida and his girlfriend were in Jacksonville to attend his son’s wedding. Davis and his friends, including his own girlfriend, has stopped at the gas station after a trip to the mall. Both were waiting outside the Gate gas station on Friday night while each of their girlfriends were inside buying something.

According to police, Dunn was upset that the car Davis and several of his friends were in was blasting loud music. A confrontation ensued and Dunn pulled out a gun and fired 8 or 9 times. The bullets fatally struck the teen.

Damn Florida, you gotta get yourself together.

I’m reserving judgement, but am I the only one who notices some eerie similarities to a case that received a lot of attention earlier this year (but which largely, predictably and sadly faded out of our consciousness).  Trayvon?  Is that you?   Of course, the Trayvon case hasn’t gone anywhere (as evidenced by this Only-in-America piece of ridiculousness) nor have many, if any, of the issues that captured the attention of the world, illuminated SYG in bright lights, had everyone doing their armchair defense lawyer and prosecutor routine and even got the President of the United States into some racially tinged hot water for mentioning how it affected him personally.

In fact, I’m sure there’s a good chance that Jordan Davis donned his hoodie in March in support of Trayvon Martin and joined many others that stated: I am Trayvon.  At the same time, I’m sure he didn’t predict that someone might take his proclamation literally.

And yet, here we are again, doing the same ol’ two step all over again.

Who provoked who?
Did the shooter felt threatened (enough) to use fatal force?
Was the use of force excessive?
Is SYG is legit or an excuse for vigilante justice?
Did race and prejudice play a part in the confrontation ..and if so, how big?
What is the dead teenager’s character and background?
What is the shooter’s background?
Who’s story do you believe? Should you believe?

And do these questions even really matter?

Because frankly, what we are ultimately asking is whether and under what circumstances it is acceptable for people to kill each other, who is at fault and if their should be any retribution or punishment assigned?

All while two parents bury their son.

Please tell me there’s someone else who sees how twisted that is…?




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