The slaying of Jordan Davis rocked the Black community of Florida to the core. It showed that yet another young black man was dead due to Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. The law gives individuals with concealed weapon permits the right to enact deadly force if they feel reasonably threatened. It seems that this law has bred nothing but anarchy since its inception.
Jordan Davis’s father, Ron Davis, recalls talking with a man that had such a permit before his son’s tragic death, “‘Oh yeah, everybody is getting one [a permit]. Plus, now, if you shoot someone, you are covered. It’s OK’,” Davis recalls the security guard telling him. “While we were having this conversation, I remember thinking this guy was one of the looniest guys I had ever met. So the idea that he had [a concealed-carry permit] did leave me concerned. But you know, you just go on with your life.”
This is one of a laundry list of deaths that have happened in Florida, including the shooting death of Trayvon . Now the trial for Davis’s killer is set to begin on what would have been his 18th birthday. The trial will force his killer to have to compensate his family for the pain and suffering they have endured because of Michael David Dunn’s actions.
I hope that the family can reach a place where they can begin healing.