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Another tragic and depressing case of Stand Your Ground is on track to make headlines next week. Teenager Jordan Davis was shot and killed the day before Thanksgiving in 2012 while sitting in the backseat of a car full of his friends that had stopped at a gas station to fuel up.

You can guess the short and the quick of it — a gun enthusiast pulls up beside them and doesn't like their music nor the volume level, and a familiar equation plays out:  black teen + white male with gun + Florida = dead black teen.

In 2013, Rolling Stone published an article about the case and the history of Stand Your Ground:

His eyes rolling back, he gasped for air as the three friends shrieked for help. "Jordan was making that rattle people make when they're dying," says Tevin. "That's when Leland started to cry. I hugged him and tried to tell him it'd be OK." ... Soon, the Gate gas station bristled with sirens: cops securing the crime scene and taking statements, collecting a dozen firsthand accounts; ... and detectives comforting his stricken friends, particularly Leland, who couldn't stop sobbing. Jordan was his best friend; they all but lived at each other's houses. "Jordan was my third son - I loved that boy," says Tanya Booth-Brunson, Leland's mother. "He had this shine on him that lit up the room. He was a star, and everyone knew it."
http://www.rollingstone.com/...

Jordan's mom is Lucy McBeth and she is a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action. You can get to know her, Jordan's father, and their and Jordan's story in this interview on the Roland Martin show:

http://www.youtube.com/...

Michael Dunn shot Jordan Davis, and his defense is he saw a gun in the car in which Jordan was sitting. The Tampa Bay Tribune has a fact sheet on the case that indicates Davis was unarmed:

Location details: Gate Gas Station parking lot in Jacksonville, Duval County, on Nov. 23, 2012

What happened: Michael David Dunn pulled into a gas station parking lot next to a black SUV with tinted windows and loud music. He asked Jordan Davis, a passenger in the back seat, to turn the music down. There were words exchanged and Dunn pulled out a gun and shot at the SUV, at least, eight times. Dunn said he fired in self-defense because he saw a shotgun and didn't know how many people were in the SUV. He also said he didn't think he hit anyone so he just left the scene and drove 159 miles to his home in Brevard County. Davis was hit twice and killed. No one else in the SUV was injured and no weapons were found at the scene. Dunn was arrested the following day and charged with murder and attempted murder.

http://www.tampabay.com/...

I was struck by the description of Jordan by his friend Leland's mom - "He had this shine on him that lit up the room."

Originally posted to We Shall Overcome on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 11:39 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA, Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), and Firearms Law and Policy.

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