Jordan Davis in Rolling Stone, author speaks

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Updated: 4/19/2013 8:16 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "A Most American Way to Die," the headline alone grabs your attention. Then, the Rolling Stone article starts by describing four well-to-do teenagers, wearing expensive cologne and pricey shoes, getting ready for a Friday night out at the Town Center.

Action News' Leslie Coursey interviewed the man who wrote that article, Paul Solotaroff. She asked him, "It's kind of a description of black middle class America that we don't really hear about that often. Why go there?"
Solotaroff replied, "Well, I wanted to make Jordan everybody's son."

He does that by describing a good kid, with good parents. A young man with a promising future. "Jordan was an extraordinary kid," said Solotaroff. "Jordan was beautiful, beautifully spoken, immaculately raised."

That extraordinary kid was killed in November at a Southside Gate station after an argument over loud music.  The admitted shooter, Michael Dunn, told police he asked Davis and his friends to turn down the music.  The two sides then reportedly fired a series of f-bombs at each other in the parking lot.

The argument ended with Dunn pulling out a gun and firing several shots toward the teens' SUV. Davis was the only one hit. Dunn, described in the Rolling Stone article as a "crew cut moose of a white man," says he fired in self defense.

Solotaroff said, "The last thing a guy his size needed to do, because he felt in some way offended or assaulted by the music coming out of a car that four boys were in, was to reach across the front seat, reach into the glove compartment and pull out a loaded 9-millimeter."

The article goes on to criticize Florida's Stand Your Ground law, the law that allows you to use deadly force if you feel your life is threatened. It will likely be Dunn's defense.

"All he needed to do was just roll down his window and say, 'hey, knock it off'," said the Rolling Stone writer.

In the end, Solotaroff uses Davis' story to shed new light on America's gun laws. And to question who they're really protecting.

The magazine is on newsstands now.
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