Rebecca says, “her father is a good man. He is a victim and she wants to go back to being her happy self.”
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Well Rebecca, as I listen to the facts of this case and the events surrounding it, I must say I strongly disagree with your sentiments. I am not so naive to believe that your father never did any good in his life. But I am questioning your definition of the word ‘good’ and “victim.”
As a mother of 5 children I can’t help but wonder, how does a good man shoot into a vehicle of teenagers, killing one young man and return to his hotel and eat pizza and walk the dogwithout notifying any authorities. The character of a good man would ignitethe responsibility to call 911 for help. But even as a victim (he so claims to be), he didn’t see the need to alert authorities or call an ambulance.
Your father took a life for an absolutely inexcusable reason. You both still have each other. While you may not be able to go for a walk together anytime soon, you can still talk to each other, write each other and have visits together. The parents of Jordan Davis no longer have such options. Your father “the good man” as you so endearingly refer to him, has forever silenced any conversations between mother and son or father and son. He has completed alleviated any hopes of aface-to-face visit for these parents. The only visit they will be eternally able to have with their son on this earth is in the cemetery. They will never hear his voice again. Your father the ‘good man’ lived his life had children – he took away Jordan’s rights to have the opportunity to do the same. If your father survives his sentence he will walk free again. All of Jordan’s options to freely walk this earth again have been taken away permanently.
I have three African American sons that listen to rap music and as a mother, I dread the thought that either of them could be killed as a result of such. Did it ever occur to your father that perhaps leaving the scene could have prevented this tragic death of a child? He will forever go down in history as the person on trial in the “Loud Music” case. This is so contradictory to the ‘good man’ you describe.
Webster describes a victim as a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.Your father suffered none of these in this incident. How could he be a victim? The music or the offensive words of the argument did not cause him harm, injure him and most certainly didn’t kill him! Jordan Davis didn’t live to say the same.
The recent released phone conversations from your dad, has me furthering questioning his and your interpretation of the words ‘victim’ or ‘good’. He claims to be a victim and a victor in his case. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are no victors here. An unarmed teenager is dead and your family dynamics will forever be changed!
Your father by no means of the stretch of the imagination is a good man. He might have once been good but on the day of this incident, he was not good – he did not make a good choice, and there were no good results. He has instilled an insurmountable amount of grief to a family that can never be healed. I am praying for both families that they can manage their individual lost. And that for Mr. Dunn that he regrets his actions, repent to God and the Davis family and that he can one day be good enough to admit to unnecessary use of a deadly weapon causing the death of another individual.While you have every right to see your father as a good man, I have every right to remind you that good men don’t kill innocent children!
Minister and author Deborah Smith Simpkins is married and the mother of five children (ages 4-24!), Simpkins own life and spiritual walk is testament to the way God’s providence allows for pain, setbacks and challenging obstacles – but always with a rebirth and a sequel in mind. A preacher’s kid (PK) who grew up immersed in The Word, she has nearly been killed three times in car crashes. The one she had at 17, which included a life altering near death experience where she felt she had left her body for a time, left her severely cut and burned. While in recovery, she not only prayed for the healing of the body – she also began to surrender to the arduous process of healing her soul. For more information please visit www.deborahsmithpublications.net