Nearly 3 1/2 years ago, I found myself on a path I did not choose, fighting a battle I did not start, advocating to change dangerous gun laws I never knew existed.My son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station on Nov. 23, 2012, in what has been deemed the nation’s “loud music case.” My son died senselessly, shot by a man empowered by lax gun policies — like SB 656, currently being considered in the Missouri Legislature — that encourage armed vigilantism by ordinary citizens. In that moment when Jordan was shot and killed, I became a member of the club that no one wants to join.
Thus begins the editorial by Lucy McBath. And she did not waste time to start misusing terms for her political benefit.
like SB 656, currently being considered in the Missouri Legislature — that encourage armed vigilantism by ordinary citizens.
VIGILANTE: a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate); broadly : a self-appointed doer of justice.
I might have forgotten, but Michael Dunn never said he was a Vigilante nor any evidence was shown that he was a Vigilante or member of a vigilante organization. He was just an asshole. Oh Yes! We are making stuff up. Never mind.
And each time I learn about another legislature putting special interests ahead of public safety, each time I learn about another bill — like SB 656, which encourages individuals to shoot first and ask questions later.
I hate to break it to you ma’am, but every defensive shooting scenario is a shoot first, ask questions later. Wouldn’t you say that it is rather stupid to try to engage in chat with an attacker bent on harming you? That is unless you have this brutal urge to die, which most people do not.
Before Jordan’s murder, I didn’t know all that much about gun laws or about how lawmakers play petty politics and make quick decisions without considering the true impact of the bills they justify passing.
I see the problem with self-induced still remains.
It also includes a so-called “stand your ground” provision — a provision that upends traditional self-defense law and emboldens individuals to settle conflicts by reaching for their firearms, even when they can clearly and safely walk away from any danger.
Other than the fact that there are Supreme Court decisions favoring Stand Your Ground go back over a century, yeah, it upends the way prosecutors could misuse their powers for political benefit. And if they person could walk away safely, then it would not be a defensive shooting. I kinda figured that was well answered during the trial of Michael Dunn, the man who killed your son.
These laws give everyday civilians more leeway to shoot than the U.S. military gives soldiers in a war zone.
I love when the mix pancakes with titanium bolts and come up with Unicorns. A military unit when attacked, responds with a heavy volume of automatic fire from many people, followed by artillery and/or air support…. Yes, we do that in civilian life. Hell, I have a Predator drone packed with Maverick missiles following me when I go out of the house.
These laws turn everyday conflicts into deadly shootouts by allowing people to shoot to kill — even when there is a clear and safe alternative.
It does not matter how much you repeat the lie, it is still a lie.
Researchers have found that “stand your ground” laws do not deter crime; in fact, states that enact bills like SB 656 see increases in homicide rates. Florida’s justifiable homicide rate tripled after it enacted a “stand your ground” law.
This is very interesting and I hope the readers caught it: Justifiable Homicide is a Crime. For Ms. McBath and the rest of the Gun Control Community, defending your life is a crime that must be punished.
And to make matters worse, “stand your ground” laws disproportionately affect communities of color: When white shooters kill black victims, the resulting homicides are 11 times more likely to be deemed justifiable homicides than when the shooter is black and the victim white. The last thing we need in Missouri is more violence and strife in our communities.
Actually the numbers show that Black benefit three times more from SYG than Whites. But that would go against The Narrative that SYG is racist.
Lucy McBath is the faith and outreach leader for Everytown for Gun Safety.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You may know that particular sentence, Ms. McBath… then again, maybe you conveniently forgot.