Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:26 AM
CanonRay (7,793 posts)
Thoughts on the death of Jordan Davis
I woke up in the middle of the night, thinking about the tragic death of Jordan Davis, the black Florida teenager killed a few days about by a middle aged white male with an available handgun, over loud music from the teenager's car.
What brings this home to me is that I have a black 15 year old nephew, the sweetest kid you could find. In another year, he'll be sixteen, and no doubt riding around in cars with his friends, just like I did some 45 years ago. And, no doubt, he and his friends will play their music too loud, just like I and my friends played the Stones way too loud. But nobody shot at us for doing so, and even if people yelled out turn it down, that was the extent of it. I can only imagine myself or his father's reaction if what happened to Jordan Davis happened to my nephew.
I don't want to get into a debate about gun ownership; I own a few myself. I don't even want to debate concealed carry. But I think this Stand Your Ground business is at least one step too far.
Let's just suppose that black males in Florida decide to publicly go out and get concealed carry permits and start packing in large numbers, which considering what's going on down there would not be an illogical thing to do. The white population seems to be on the verge of freaking out all the time anyway, and that would set them off big time. Could people in Florida just shoot each other when they saw the opposite race coming down the street? Because they feel "threatened"? Just walk up and wham. For no reason other than you feel threatened because the other guy might be packing. This is where Stand Your Ground seems to be going, and to me, that way lies Madness. That way lies the end of civilized society. I can see this being the logical outcome in a few years, of what is happening in Florida.
I hope they wake up down in Tallahassee and repeal this terrible law.
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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:48 AM
Ligyron (1,840 posts)
1. Sad BUT...
This is what happens when Repugs are allowed to take over state and local government.
I know because I live here in FL, but it's pretty obvious they've been successfully at this effort nationwide for years now. Dem's need to make a better showing in this state, (and many other states BTW) 'cause, let's face it: "all politics is local". Takes money and organization but President Obama's micro targeting type election model needs to continue operating going forward, be expanded upon and utilized at these local levels into 2014.
Then maybe we'll see less of ALEC.