Testimony against gun violence postponed by gun violence

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Updated: 9/19/2013 7:57 pm
JACKSONVILLE Fla. -- While Americans pause to mourn the 12 victims killed at the Washington Navy Yard, some resumed talks about gun regulations.

The parents of a victim of another shooting, Jordan Davis, of Jacksonville, had planned on doing that Monday morning in Washington, D.C.

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The teen's parents have become advocates against gun violence since the November 2012 shooting death of Jordan. The shooting allegedly stemmed from an argument over loud music.

"This kind of thing will continue to happen. There will be more and more victims. It will not end," said Jordan's mother, Lucia McBath.

"These are the things that we want to stop happening in our country," said Jordan's father, Ron Davis.

Ron Davis and Lucia McBath met with Sen. Dick Durbin Monday in D.C. to fight for stricter gun regulations. They had planned to testify before a Senate committee to help curb shootings, but a shooting postponed that hearing.

Police say Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 people at the Navy Yard, just blocks from where Jordan's parents planned to speak.

"It's just such a bitter pill to swallow, knowing that the whole reason we were going to Washington was to advocate for gun safety, and then we have the shooting at the Navy Yard," said McBath.

But McBath and Davis say their trip to D.C. did not turn into a waste of time. They say the shooting that prevented their testimony only strengthened their cause.

"It only fuels me, it fuels Ron, it fuels all of us that are working towards making gun safety a very, very big issue with our legislature," said McBath. "It just fuels us to continue to do what we're doing."

Jordan's parents' Senate hearing is expected to be rescheduled for early October.

The man accused of killing Jordan, Michael Dunn, appeared in court Thursday and asked to waive his personal court appearances before his actual trial.

The judge ruled against that request. Dunn's trial is expected to start in mid-January or early February.
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maxtout - 9/20/2013 5:36 AM
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Michael Dunn will face justice in a court of law! Sadly, this is just another tragedy being exploited by race-mongers as one that screams for national publicity and "SPECIAL COVERAGE" simply because a black guy's life was ended by a Non-Black! It seems that every day law enforcement has the task of identifying, investigating, and cleaning up dead bodies lying in the streets, ditches, homes, convenience stores, parking lots, literally - EVERYWHERE in Jacksonville. Check the reports - the overwhelming majority of these dead bodies (men, women, and children) are BLACK! But this Black-on-Black carnage is tolerated by the black communities. No highly publicized trip to D.C. and no special audience with ultra-lib Sen. Durbin for these dead, because the nature of their deaths does not fit the race-huckster's agenda! You see it in the news - dozens of people on the scene when the killing occurred, but NO ONE SEES ANYTHING! Don't worry bro - we gots a "no snitch" code in all our violent hoods! Keep on killing! Jordan's parents became "advocates against gun violence since the November 2012 shooting death of Jordon." Were they ever advocates against the daily violent Black-on-Black crime threatening people like their son? Guess it took a tragic, senseless killing by a non-black to move them. Really? The constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens should never be restricted as punishment for the actions of the violent, noncivilized scum who are bound by no law! Estimates show that guns are used in self-defense between 100,000 and 2 million times each year. Gun violence? Is it better that the old, the young, the weakest are beaten, stabbed, choked to death? It is the violence of the vile bastards that continue to breed, victimize and destroy innocent lives with impunity that should concern us all! I did not know Jordan, but I trust that he will receive the justice he deserves.

Realchange - 9/20/2013 12:20 AM
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Problem with gun control is people want turn blind eye to the Constitution. Will we out law cars next time someone turns one into a car bomb? Will we outlaw again same cars when a terrorist plows through a busy crosswalk section? Will we out law common cleaning ingredients next time someone makes a deadly toxin or fuel bombs out one? Will we take action when a bunch of young thugs beat a man to death ? Taking away guns is not going solve the issues. Raising your children right teaching them difference between right and wrong might. Every time police shoot someone to death you don't hear calls to disarm them. In fact it usually gets whitewashed. Want gun control then make it trickle down disarm the riches bodyguards first. Love to see Bloomberg give up his armed hoods.

nativejax - 9/19/2013 10:01 PM
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Just because they didn't find a gun, doesn't mean the Davis party didn't toss one when the took off. Start with THAT gun control.
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