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What Possesses A Man To Fire Ten Shots Into A Car Full of Kids?

Updated on February 16, 2014

Jordan Davis Did Not Deserve To Die

I do not see a trouble making kid, I see someone aspiring to do great things.  I see a kid who left this world too early.
I do not see a trouble making kid, I see someone aspiring to do great things. I see a kid who left this world too early. | Source

Murder Because of Music Choice

Let me begin by saying this: What in the world has happened to our society? Seriously! I am sitting here reading about this case and there is no way on this Green Earth that this man is okay in any way.

Let's start with this, he wanted them to turn the music down because he didn't like it. How long was he going to be there? Seriously, the longest I've been in a gas station, with two kids and snacks to buy and potty breaks, was tops half an hour. I don't care what other people are blasting on their radio, I don't care if it's right next to me, I'm going to be out in ten minutes max if I'm already pumping my gas, and that's if I'm filling up the tank on my Dad's SUV from empty. He couldn't just shut up a deal for ten lousy minutes? Yes, they would have irritated him, but stooping to the point of risking a physical altercation over the volume is something I see as ridiculously stupid, and I think that many of you may agree with that statement. This man was spoiling for a fight.

Maybe he had a few at the wedding he left, maybe he wasn't fond of the bride and in a bad mood. Those are never good reasons to take a life. Because of that, Jordan Davis's parents will never be able to hold their child again and tell him how much they love him. Who knows what kind of future that kid would have had if Dunn had just bitten his tongue and let it go.

It sickens me to death that racism even exists, but it hurts to hear about it when it leads to a young person dying because of it. Being from the South, I know people would disagree to anything I say, and will see this person as some sort of hero no matter what I say, but too often we focus on the offender, and not on the victim in the situation.

What kind of life did Jordan have? Was he an aspiring rap star himself? Did he just love music in general (I know I crank up the radio when I hear a song I like, and I don't mean a dull roar- so long as the kids aren't in the car- I like to turn it up til the speakers complain)? This kid could have been the one who found the cure for cancer, we will never know, all because some bigoted jerk decided to unload ten shots into a car full of kids.

I wasn't writing when Trayvon Martin was killed, but that story hurt my heart just as much as this one. I lived in the projects last year, the population of African Americans there is high, but from what I could tell they were just like me, trying to make it the best way they knew how, and they enjoyed life just as much as I did. This wasn't a revelation in any way, but it shows a lot how people make these snap judgments that someone is less than them for stupid reasons. Dunn's beneath us all... I've never said that in my life, but you don't just fire ten shots into a car full of kids then continue on with your vacation as if nothing happened.

This guy went to a resort, walked his dog, slept in a nice warm bed while Jordan's parents were grieving the son that he stole from them. He carried on as if he didn't know it was possible that he had just killed or severely wounded someone. Then, instead of calling the police when he found out he had killed him, he took a nap...

Let me say that again:

He took a nap...


Just... WHAT?

I don't care if his tummy hurt! I would have been panicking my brains out and calling the police! Of course I have never been in his situation, but there is definitely something rotten in Denmark, because when someone does something like that, they tell the person their with at least why they did it, so that they don't look like a psycho, and he never even mentioned seeing anything remotely resembling a "gun" to his fiancee! Excuse me while I double check the levels on my BS detector here, seems it's overloaded and has just self destructed.

It's human nature and basic psychology, you tend to talk when you've just been through a traumatic experience, and if you fire ten rounds into a car full of people, I would hope to God that you found some part of that severely traumatic. When you're guilty, you don't say much of anything if you're planning on getting away with it.

His own fiancee threw him under the bus on this... and he still wasn't convicted of the death of Jordan Davis? There wasn't anything remotely resembling a weapon in that car, and if my friend were dying in front of me and there was a weapon in the car, I would not be very worried about ditching it, I would be more concerned with trying to save my friend or family member.

Another thing, what I've read so far is that he fired three volleys of shots... meaning he stopped, then, for some reason, started again... twice!

I apologize if I am ranting, but I cannot wrap my head around this case. There must have been reasonable doubt for the jury to be hung on the murder conviction, at least he was convicted on the three attempted murder charges. Either way, something stinks about this, and I just cannot seem to understand what could drive a person to fire ten shots at four kids just for listening to their music and doing the teenager thing by ignoring him when they were asked to turn it down. It makes me sick... and angry that this kid lost his life (I know he was legally an adult, but still, only eighteen) because of some really stupid nonsense, and I just want to know why he had to lose his life.

I Feel So Bad For His Parents

My heart breaks to think of how much hurt these two are feeling right now.
My heart breaks to think of how much hurt these two are feeling right now. | Source

I Cannot Even Fathom

I could never even begin to believe that, in his shoes, I could force myself to fire one shot...

How could he fire ten?

I'm baffled by this. It just boggles my mind, and my heart and prayers are with this family. As a mother I would never even begin to know the pain they must feel.

It just isn't right that this young man had to die for something so ridiculous.

It's hard to think of myself being in Lucia McBath's and Ron Davis's shoes.

I just don't get it. How can you fire into a car full of kids?!

I know that for every case that is as widely covered as with both the Martin and Davis cases, there are hundreds, if not thousands more just like it.

When is this going to end? When are we going to stop killing each other over stupid things?

When are the kids of this world going to know that they are safe from ignorance and bigotry?

Jordan Davis 1995-2012 A Sad Loss In Sad Times

I don't know why this gets to me quite so much, I did not know him, but it makes me sad to think that this happened at all.
I don't know why this gets to me quite so much, I did not know him, but it makes me sad to think that this happened at all. | Source


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    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Who said anything about banning guns? As usual, the boogy-man comes up, and reasonable discussion ends.

      Want background checks?....They want to take your guns!

      Want mental evaluation?.... They want to take your guns!

      Want to limit amount of bullets a gun can fire?.... They want to take your guns!

      Want to get AK 47 off streets?.....They want to take your guns!

      Want to phase out bullets that cut through police vests? They want to end the second amendment!

      But....want to make regulations on clinics so rigid they can never be met, because abortion is murder?

      Go for it, my man!

      Maybe some day in this country, a living breathing 17 yr old will get the same consideration as a fertilized egg.

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      4 years ago from USA

      I have only seen one article about this case, but I had the same response as you. I do want to learn exactly how the jury found any reasonable doubt, though. That completely defies belief, in my opinion.

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Such a well-written hub and tribute to Jordan and his family. This is such a sad gun situation we have in this country. I can't believe the jury could not find him guilty of at least manslaughter. Florida certainly needs to change its 'stand your ground' law as it has become 'kill an unarmed black teenager' law. And, why does the white man feel he can tell a black teenager to lower music and the teenager must comply? And why does the white man feel he must demand respect from a black teenager and the teenager is just suppose to show it? The thinking here is all screwed up. It is sad that you are writing about something so vile as this case.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Stand your ground is turning into a nightmare for certain segments of society. The retired cop who shot and killed the white father in the theater for texting remains in jail without bail. Now, imagine if you will the father texting who threw the popcorn was African you think the retired cop would still be in jail without bail? I have a sneaky suspicion he would be out pending the trial. Too many guns...too many divided people...too many deaths...and too many ignorant people are literally killing our society.

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      MG Singh 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Frankly I feel because America has forgotten god and moral science. The result is mindless violence. Nice post,, banning guns will never be a solution

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      Christin Sander 

      4 years ago from Midwest

      For the life of me, this makes absolutely no sense to me either. This was an angry man who picked a fight and effectively got away with murder. I hope he gets the max for every single one of those attempted convictions. This country boggles my mind sometimes with it's lust for violence and justifications for bad behavior. If Zimmerman would have not followed Treyvon - tragedy would have been avoided. If this guy would have just shut up and moved on his way - tragedy would have been avoided. People do not want to accept accountability for their actions anymore and these "stand your ground" laws are a travesty if they allow people to get away with murder for no good reason.

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      4 years ago from New York

      So heartbreaking! Some people are just out their minds and there is no rhyme or reason for anything they do. That's up there with the retired cop in Florida who started up with a man in a movie theater because the man was texting his daughter. They exchanged words over this and the retired cop shot him to death. Unbelievable!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm really not sure what the jury was thinking of with their verdict. There are so many cases like this one in this country. We want to believe that justice will be served, but I'm afraid it is a bit more complicated than just believing in justice. Rant on; raising awareness is the only way I know to change things in this country.

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Heather.....You have stated perfectly and quite eloquently I might add, very many of my own sentiments and my total outrage at this insane incident. The truth is, when I saw the initial news story, as a mother of 4 sons, I wept my heart out. There is simply no rationale for which to wrap one's brain around this egregious story.

      This man (I must bite my tongue to refrain from labeling him accurately) had any number of easy, peaceful and "rational" ways around this tragedy.

      He could have parked elsewhere....far from the boys & their loud music....while his girlfriend went inside the store. As you aptly stated, he should have realized that he may simply have to tolerate the "noise" for a few minutes and then be on his way. He could have ALSO gotten out of the car and joined his girlfriend in the store, just to "get away" from the music. He could have and absolutely SHOULD have, realized he had NO right to DEMAND these young men turn their music down.....and when they did not comply.....he may have chalked it up to just another annoying behavior of "normal" young boys. Big damned deal.

      Quite shockingly, his response was totally irrational, illegal, and the actions of an exceedingly mentally unstable individual.

      I have not a single shred of doubt that this killer/racist did not "see a gun"..nor any weapon being wielded by anyone in that van. I have NO doubt he saw "black," felt ignored and indignant, believes he is bigger and better and more important than anyone else.....and fully intended to show his white man power and control. Problem being this ignorant & cowardly old man needed a gun to do this.

      taking 10 wild shots, at random into a van occupied by a group of human beings......EVEN as they tried desperately to flee.....then leaving the scene to "carry on as in a typical normal day".....are the actions of a full-blooded SOCIOPATH. Period, the end.

      Your hub is superb.....UP+++ pinned, tweeted and shared.........

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      Howard Schneider 

      4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Dunn is a racist pure and simple. The "stand your ground" law and his gun gave him the guts to shoot into that car. It is a shame that we have allowed the NRA to write our gun laws. I do not understand how you can convict on 3 attempted murder counts and not murder when one young man has died. Great Hub, Heather.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Guns, guns and guns. Guns solve all anger/hate/entitled issues in this country.

      They keep saying they need guns to protect them from gangsters and government.....pretty soon there wont be anybody left.

      Who needs gvt or gangsters?

      People nowadays kill for temper-tantrums. Kill first, Stand Your Ground later.

      And your anger is righteous, and justified.

      Wish more people felt it.


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