NPA: Failure to Convict Dunn Shows Urgent Need to Repeal 'Shoot First' Laws

For Immediate Release: February 18, 2014

NPA: Failure to Convict Dunn Shows Urgent Need to Repeal 'Shoot First' Laws 
Statement from George Goehl, Executive Director of National People’s Action:

"A Florida jury has failed to convict Michael Dunn, a 47-year old white man, for the murder of Jordan Davis, who was 17 and African-American. Although Dunn was convicted of attempted murder, the most important and meaningful verdict was denied. Davis' family and the public deserve better, and we hope to see justice fully served at Dunn's expected retrial.  

This senseless loss of a young life points once more to the need to repeal Florida's 'Shoot First' law and others like it. These laws promise gun-owners the opportunity to take lives without consequence, and so long as they stand we will continue to see racially-motivated 'shoot first' incidents which tragically cut short the lives of young people of color. 

NPA stands in solidarity with ColorOfChange.org and the Dream Defenders as they work to repeal 'Shoot First' laws and urges elected officials across America to stand against 'Shoot First' laws. NPA's affiliates will also continue the fight to reform the two-tiered criminal justice system that too often criminalizes Black youth while failing to protect them."

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National People's Action (NPA) is a network of grassroots organizations across the country with a fierce reputation for direct action working to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda.