…sorry. It’s getting so thick, I’m getting just a tad punchy.
There’s an election coming up. And the Democrats are going to need to need all the racial tension they can generate.
And their wholly-owned subsidiary at NPR is there to help them – in this case, in a story about Senate hearings on “Stand Your Ground” laws helpfully entitled “Senators bicker over state ‘stand your ground’ laws”:
The 2012 shooting death of Martin, 17 and unarmed, [provided you leave out “fists” and “bulk” – Ed] and the acquittal this year of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman stirred racial tensions and sparked debate over stand your ground laws in Florida and at least 21 other states.
The case itself stirred no tensions to speak of – until the Obama Administration, desperate to get out the black vote, turned Martin into a campaign stage prop, with the willing and unseemly connivance of the mainstream media.
Now, if you recall the piece on “ProtectMN”‘s “strategy” for the coming year, one of their goals is to emphasize emotional stories. This is a common debate technique, of course; as my lawyer friends tell me, “when the facts are against you, argue law; when the law is against you, argue facts; when both are against you, argue like hell” – which means “emotions”, when you get right down to it.
And the media aren’t going to do anything about it.
Case in point:
Lucia Holman McBath, the mother of Jordan Russell Davis, implored the Senate to resolve the nation’s debate.
[I’m going to hold out on the actual incident that led Ms. McBath to testifying in the Senate for just a bit, here]
“You can lift this nation from its internal battle in which guns rule over right,” McBath told the panel.
Ms. McBath lost a 17 year old son to someone who shot him in “self-defense”.
So what was the miscarriage of justice that led to Ms. McBath’s son’s killer walking away based on a “Stand your Ground” claim? I’ll add emphasis:
Her 17-year-old son was shot and killed nearly a year ago when Michael David Dunn, 46, allegedly opened fire on a Dodge Durango with four teenagers inside after complaining of their loud music and saying he saw a gun and thus a threat. Jordan had been inside. Authorities never found a gun in the vehicle, the Florida Times-Union reported.
And, may I add…:
Dunn’s trial is set for next year.
So Mr. Dunn hasn’t even been tried yet?
We do not know the facts of the case that NPR hasn’t deigned to report…
…well, yes. We do. We’ve looked at this case in the past. Dunn would seem to have done just about everything possible wrong for a “self-defense” case. Is he claiming “stand your ground?” Sure.
And if he’s found guilty – as I’d imagine he will be – of some degree of homicide or another? It’s irrelevant to “Stand your Ground”, because every other factor of the shooting that would lead to a self-defense claim would seem to have been wrong.
The fact that he claims “Stand your Ground” in a shooting that is otherwise wrong in every legal particular is not a reflection on the Stand Your Ground law.
Not that NPR will tell you that.