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Michael Dunn verdict in Florida: Does a toxic stand-your-ground environment make FL worse that some other states?

After more than 30 hours of deliberations, a multi-racial jury in Florida found a 47-year-old software developer guilty of attempted murder for shooting into a car of teenagers after an argument over loud music. But those jurors were unable to reach a consensus on the most serious charge of first-degree murder; the judge declared a mistrial on the murder charge against Michael Dunn for the fatal shooting of one of the black teens.

The loud music was coming from a parked SUV occupied by the teenagers. Dunn claimed he had acted in self-defense, saying he thought he saw one of the teens aim a firearm at him as the eventual victim, Jordan Davis, shouted insults. Police never found a firearm. Dunn, who is white, had described the music to his fiancee as "thug music."

From The CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, this analysis of the broader issues...


To repeat my question: While one could not rule out this sort of thing happening nearly anywhere in these United States, does Florida's environment - with both its hot climate and hot tempers; its stand-your-ground law; and ethnic, racial, and generational contrasts - inexorably lead to such tragedies?

Posted at 8:40am on February 17, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Feb 17, 2014 10:37am
They oughta take this guy, the retired police officer that shot the guy in the theater, and George Zimmerman and cast them into outer darkness.

Mon, Feb 17, 2014 11:07am
Three murders in recent memory. Two Black, one White. Not one of these shooters needed to be carrying a gun. Forget temperatures; we had people up here pulling guns on snow-plow drivers. The fault lies with a state that makes it easy for nutty people to carry weapons.

We live in a day when a mother can kill her unborn baby simply because she desires to do so. So we should expect shootings when a mother's child plays loud music we don't like, or uses a cellphone at a movie. Allow more weapons up north & it would happen here also.

Mon, Feb 17, 2014 11:51am
Banning guns would make this problem go away.

Mon, Feb 17, 2014 12:37pm
Nope. They'd just buy their guns out of the trunk of a Cadillac on Wilmington's east side.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 4:31pm
JimH: well said.

Mon, Feb 17, 2014 10:15pm
Then ban Cadillacs with guns in the back... Either way, it gets rid of the problem.

Tue, Feb 18, 2014 4:21am
I have a better idea. Let's ban criminals who kill by resurrecting the gallows and ole' Sparky.

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