All week-long on traditional and social media, in the break rooms at work, on the bus and on the train people will be analyzing the Michael Dunn verdict in the Jordan Davis murder. CNN even interviewed George Zimmerman.
I don’t want to hear anything from George Zimmerman.
In fact, I don’t want to hear anything else about Michael Dunn’s mistrial.
I don’t want to know why and how the jurors could clearly see Dunn killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis and not find him guilty of murder. Nor do I want to know how they could agree that Dunn attempted to murder the three teenagers who were in the car with the murdered Jordan Davis All that makes my head hurt.
Here’s what I what I plan to dwell on:
When you add up the charges and the minimum sentencing Dunn could receive, it’s pretty clear he will get a least 60 years in prison…he’s 47 so that means life.
But what about the life of Jordan Davis, you ask? I know.
Let’s hope that the memory of both him and Trayvon Martin will motivate more of us to register to vote, to vote in EVERY election, and then as Attorney Ben Crump said to serve on juries and to become police officers and attorneys too.
And let’s also turn our attention to Marissa Alexander, the woman who may be serving 20 years for actually using the Stand Your Ground Law as it was meant to be used. Believing she was in danger, she fired a gun, not at her abusive husband but in the air.
Alexander is proof of Stand Your Ground’s double standard and right now, from what I can see it’s working in the favor of white men who if not armed would not have the guts to aggressively approach young black teenagers.
Many of you had a lot to get off your chest this morning and here are a few text messages that really stood out:
“Everybody black person in Florida register for a gun permit…the gun laws will change.”
“It’s okay to kill a black man in Florida but if you shoot one and don’t kill him you’re going to jail.”
“My friends were planning to buy a house and retire in Florida but changed their minds because of Trayvon and Jordan.”
” The prosecutors are over-charging these cases. They shouldn’t be going for First Degree murder.”
” I’m a Floridian and the verdict didn’t shock me at all. We as black people have no rights here.”
“If these were white teenagers being murdered then Stand Your Ground Laws will be eliminated.”
“There has been a war on the black man for decades, keep marching maybe in another hundred years it will change. Until then keep counting the bodies!!!”
Each one of you makes a valid point. It’s about power, it’s about racism but it’s also about dollars and as I always say, “follow the money.”
The gun control lobbyists have a huge financial stake in Stand Your Ground legislation. They’d rather risk mass shootings in shopping malls, movie theaters and even schools than make it more difficult for the average Joe to purchase a gun.
Some of you think everyone being armed is the solution. I know it isn’t.
Join me March 3rd for the protest against Stand Your Ground in Jacksonville, Fla., to take a stand for justice for Marissa Alexander and to honor the lives of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.