AS I told someone at work last week, it seems Dunn just went too far, continuing to fire after the threat had been stopped
A Florida jury convicted a white, middle-aged man on Saturday of three counts of attempted murder for opening fire on a car of black teenagers during an argument over loud rap music, but could not reach a verdict on a murder charge for the killing of a 17-year-old in the car.
Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software engineer, fired 10 rounds at a vehicle carrying four teens in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing black teen Jordan Davis.
The jury deadlocked on the most serious charge of first-degree murder against Dunn, forcing Judge Russell Healey to declare a mistrial on that count.
The failure to reach a verdict on the first-degree murder charge is a blow for the prosecution and the Davis family. But Dunn still faces at least 60 years in jail for the attempted murder convictions against the three other teens, legal analysts said.
Prosecutors told a press conference after the verdicts were read that they plan to retry Dunn, who has been in jail since his arrest in 2012, on the first-degree murder charge.
Mr. Dunn will likely be in prison a very long time, and he will no doubt think about those final three shots he fired
Earlier on Saturday, the judge said questions posed by the 12-member jury indicated they thought Dunn was initially justified in firing the first seven bullets to defend himself from Davis, but then went too far by continuing to pull the trigger as the fleeing teens drove off.
The judge speculated that jurors felt Dunn overstepped the limits of self-defense law by shooting a final volley of three bullets after he got out of his car, when the teens no longer represented any kind of threat.
“They may say justifiable use of deadly force was in play to (a) certain point and then it went away. There was no justification for those last set of shots,” the judge said.
Of course, the tragedy pimps were out looking for some publicity and blaming, again, a law that was not part of Dunn’s defense
“The jury did their very best but they were hamstrung by Florida’s Stand Your Ground law,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a non-profit group created in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012. “The law basically legalizes armed vigilantes,” Watts said.
And OF COURSE Al Sharpton had to get some face time too’
“The mistrial further sends a chilling effect to parents in the 23 states that have the Stand Your Ground law or laws similar,” said civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network. “It requires the Civil Rights community to head into Florida, which is now ground zero for a national fight to change that law,” he added.
Lookout Florida, here come the race pimps and backasswards Bloomberg funded anti self-defense loons again. Concerning the mistake Dunn made, and the falsehoods about Stand Your Ground Bob Owens sums it up at Bearing Arms
You may only legally shoot to stop the threat. Anything beyond that, and you face going to prison for may years to come, as Micheal Dunn has now discovered the hard way. Those of you who insist on “shooting to kill” at all costs once the shooting starts because some non-attorney shared their incorrect “conventional wisdom” are going to be very popular on the prison dating scene.
Note: The media and their citizens control allies are attempting to make the same claims about “stand your ground” laws in this case as they did in the Zimmerman trial. That claim was patently false in both trials. Neither Zimmerman nor Dunn raised “stand your ground” defenses.
Of course, the facts will not deter the Leftists here, they never do. They will lie about Stand Your Ground, and the media will not dare question them on it.
As to the verdict, I cannot argue it. Dunn went too far. This is a valuable lesson for anyone who owns or carries a firearm. You ONLY shoot to stop the threat. That is your right, but when the threat is no more you stop firing.
Now if we can only convince noted buffoon David Frum to stop Tweeting once he is out of worthwhile thoughts
Frum adopted a public facing anti-gun stance in 2013, and continued it with this “brilliant” statement on Twitter last night.
Hypothesis: the people who most want to carry are the very last people on earth who should be allowed to carry.
— davidfrum (@davidfrum) February 16, 2014
Numerous people pointed out the absurdity of Frum’s position, which made for an interesting story on Twitchy.
To be a supporter of citizen control requires a refutation of human history. It requires supporters to bury the long history of disarmed subjects being turned upon by their own governments and slaughtered in democides (262 million in the 20th century, alone).
Correspondingly, to be a citizen control supporter, you must adopt a “it can’t happen here” mentality that somehow the nature of government and the nature have man that led to such a massive loss of life in our lifetimes have both changed, recently and tremendously, without evidence, towards altruistic and benign ends… even as government seeks more power and more control of the citizenry across ever facet of society.
Most terrifyingly, citizen control relies upon the belief that the government should deal with “undesirables” in society by turning them into an other that can be identified, marginalized, turned into an “other,” and then marked for destruction at the hands of government for the better of society… the exact same mindset that makes democides possible.
@davidfrum Hypothesis: the people who most want to curtail liberties are the very last people on earth who should be allowed to touch them.
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) February 16, 2014
Expert Frum to continue to call for the destruction of long-standing core individual liberties in deference to his new-found love of the state.
Frum is a clear case of how “well-educated” means nothing without common sense and practical knowledge. Educated beyond his hat size Frum is. I would pay good money to watch Frum debate Bob Owens on this issue.