We are saddened and disappointed that the jury in the trial of Jordan Davis’s killer was unable to reach a full verdict. Our hearts are with Jordan’s family as they learn that they will have to bear another trial and more waiting for justice. But we are confident that there will be justice for Jordan, and we will continue to shine a spotlight on our country’s broken Stand Your Ground laws.
Stand Your Ground laws put our children, families, and communities at risk because they give everyday, untrained citizens more leeway to shoot than the United States military gives soldiers in war zones. Children – like Jordan Davis – who may simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time are now more likely to die at the hands of the armed and angry. This is unacceptable.Jordan’s fate is not an isolated one: He is one of at least 26 children and teens killed in Florida Stand Your Ground cases since 2005. Stand Your Ground laws – also called “shoot first” laws because they empower armed vigilantism – are associated with a clear increase in homicides, resulting in up to 700 more homicides nationwide each year, according to a 2012 study by Texas A&M researchers.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Dunn Guilty on 4 Charges But Mistrial on the Big One
The wacko who shot and killed Florida teen over "loud music" and claimed it was in self-defense (no weapon was found in the other car) was finally found guilty on four charges but the jury somehow failed to reach a verdict on the murder charge. He does face decades and in prison and could be re-tried on murder. Moms Demand Action responded in an email:
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