There are all kinds of sayings that make no sense at all, and there’s at least one that can outright drive me up a wall.
A watched pot never boils. Really? Never? Never ever boils?
All in a day's work. Um, okay. Whatever.
But the one that gets my goat--Oh yeah, That really gets my goat is another one I don't understand--is the one that goes Guns don't kill people, people kill people. It should probably be rewritten as Guns don't kill people; people use guns to kill people.
It should have been a lovely day for Michael David Dunn. He was in Jacksonville, Florida last week for his son’s wedding, when afterward he decided to stop at a convenience store with his girlfriend. He parked beside an SUV with four teenagers sitting inside, and, as teenagers are apt to do--I remember because I was a teenager once--they were playing their music very loudly.
And Michael David Dunn didn't like it. After his girlfriend went into the store, Dunn made a comment to the teenagers about their music being too loud because, you know, it's his place to tell other people how to live their lives. Well, an argument between Dunn and the teenagers ensued, and then Michael David Dunn, a gun collector, pulled out his gun and fired into the SUV between eight to nine times.
Two shots hit and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
Michael David Dunn's girlfriend came back to the car with the wine they needed and Dunn drove off, telling his girlfriend that he had “fired at these kids.” They continued on, and it wasn't until later, as they sat in their hotel room, probably drinking the wine the girlfriend had purchased while Michael David Dunn was shooting at teenagers, did they learn from a news report that someone had died during the shooting.
Naturally, as people do, Michael David Dunn, and his girlfriend, immediately checked out of their hotel room and went home.
Unluckily for this murderer, a witness to the shooting took down Dunn’s license plate number, which, on Saturday, helped police find Dunn’s house, where he was then arrested. Dunn told police officers he shot because “he felt threatened and that is the reason he took action.”
The music was too loud.
Now, how disgusting are these people? Michael David Dunn, for deciding that the best way to end an argument with argument with teenagers over their musical tastes and volume level would be to shoot at them? Or, maybe his girlfriend, who, after learning that Dunn had opened fire on kids in a parking lot, decided the best option would be happy hour back at the hotel?
Yes, those two morons are disgusting, but let’s add to the mix one Robin Lemonidis, Dunn's attorney, who issued this statement about his client:
"It will be very clear that Mr. Dunn acted very responsibly and as any responsible firearms owner would have acted under these circumstances."
He acted responsibly to the playing of loud music by pulling out a gun and shooting at people, killing a seventeen-year-old boy. This is responsible? This is how adults act? Civilized human beings? Or raging lunatics?
There is some thought that Michael David Dunn, murderer, will use that old chestnut, the Stand Your Ground Defense--much like the one used by George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, also in Florida. But, Jacksonville Attorney Gene Nichols believes that will be a tough defense to make in court:
"Mr. Dunn is going to have to answer the question, 'Why did you not call the sheriff's office? If you are reasonably protecting yourself, why did you leave the scene, get in the car, and the next day, flee the jurisdiction of Duval County?' … There's no indication that Jordan or anyone else in that car had a gun, there's no indication that they were any threat to Mr. Dunn."
This latest shooting death of unarmed teenagers by gun-toting lunatics in Florida comes just a week after a Florida task force found that the “Stand Your Ground” law is mostly fine as is and recommended only small changes.
So, I guess in Florida, if you don't like the volume of someone's music, you may consider that a threat and pull out a firearm and murder a defenseless human being.
Guns don't kill people; Michael David Dunn used a gun to kill a person.
And he needs to go to jail for a long time. And his girlfriend needs a jail cell of her own, as well.