Stand Your Ground Task Force Facing Heavy Criticism

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According to witnesses, Davis was hanging out with as many as four of his friends inside a parked SUV when confronted by 45-year-old Michael David Dunn and his girlfriend. After pulling alongside their sports utility vehicle, Dunn demanded that the teens turn down their music. Words were exchanged, before Dunn, an advent gun collector, whipped out a pistol and fired up to eight shots into the back seat, fatally striking the unarmed teen at least twice.

At that point, Dunn’s girlfriend, who had gone inside to buy wine, returned to the vehicle and the two fled the scene. Witnesses jotted down his tag number as he bolted and Dunn was arrested the next day at his Satelite Beach home. He too now maintains he acted “responsibly and in self-defense” in opening fire in broad daylight. Dunn’s version of events are made even more confusing over his assertion he didn’t even realize he had hit anyone, and only realized Davis had not only been shot but was dead the next day when viewing the news.

“It will be very clear that Mr. Dunn acted very responsibly and as any responsible firearms owner would have acted under these circumstance,” his attorney, Robin Lemonidis, told the Orlando Sentinel.

Despite the clearly, shoot-first, trigger-happy culture Stand Your Ground seems to be fostering, the man just selected by the GOP to be its house speaker is on record as saying he fully supports the law and the panel’s actions or lack of them.

“What we won’t do is use that tragedy as an excuse to water down people’s ability to defend themselves in Florida,” Will Weatherford said of the Martin shooting.

“They really spent a lot of time and energy to ultimately say and do nothing,” said former state Sen. And federal prosecutor Dan Gelber.

“The law is currently being used by criminals to create a defense that they are really not entitled to. This was a big wet kiss to criminal defense lawyers.”

 

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