Florida is becoming known for self-defense shootings encouraged by its dangerous, “license to kill”-style “Stand Your Ground” law. Most recently, in the Jordan Davis case, Michael Dunn was convicted on three counts of second-degree attempted murder, but was not found guilty of premeditated murder.
Read more at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The only requirement to use lethal force in Florida is to “reasonably believe” that it is “necessary” to prevent great harm. But only the shooter can know what he or she believes, so juries who might suspect otherwise find it difficult to oppose the law’s presumptions. Jordan Davis was killed in an argument over loud music. Dunn claims he believed Davis had a shotgun, but no shotgun was ever found or seen by witnesses. Thinking he saw one was enough.
We can’t continue to allow such recklessness with laws that encourage people to shoot first and ask questions later.