Skip to comments.Church Collects Signatures For Stray Bullet Bill
Posted on 09/04/2006 11:01:16 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
MIAMI -- After a string of recent shootings that killed several children in South Florida, one church is starting a grassroots movement to stop the violence.
People gathered at Faith, Prayer and Deliverance Church on Northwest 99th Street and 27th Avenue on Wednesday to sign a petition in support of the "No Right To Kill, Stray Bullet" bill.
The goal is to get 1 million signatures in support of the bill, which demands life in prison for any act of violence that kills a child.
Youth pastor Anthony Dawkins is spearheading the movement.
"We want this to become a national law," he said. "You shoot a bullet into crowds and hit and kill children, we want life, mandatory. No parole."
According to activists, more than two-dozen children under the age of 18 have been killed by gun violence in South Florida since June 2005.
"This community must be outraged, excited and driven to go forth and get every signature that we need," Dawkins said.
Inside the church on Wednesday, family members of victims signed in support of the bill, which was created in memory of Sherdavia Jenkins, a 9-year-old who was shot to death in early July as she played on her front porch.
"It's not just my bill," said Jenkins' father, David. "It's everybody's bill, because this just don't protect our children. It protects men, women and children alike."
That includes children like 17-year-old Otissha Burnett, who was killed by a stray bullet at a block party in Miami Gardens. Her cousin also signed in support of the bill and said senseless killings affect everyone.
"Even though you may not have kids or it may not affect your loved one this time, it could possibly be you or one of your family members the next time," Tameka Drummond said.
Organizers are planning a rally this weekend to collect signatures. Dawson said they plan to take their bill to Tallahassee and to the nation's capitol if need be.
Why does it have to be a child? Why not just step up the penalties and enforcement of EXISTING laws?
Another redundent law. There are life sentences, but the courts let murderers off after serving 10 minutes in jail because of crowded jails. The bad guys live a better life style than they did on the other side of the wall; so why leave?
DITTO DITTO DITTO !
Yes! I'm yelling in agreement! ;-)
So, the good pastor is using his position and the church to engage in politics? Time for the IRS to remove the ole' tax exemption.
So, let's see. A person shoots a gun into a crowd, supposedly aiming at someone in particular, and hits someone else not the intended victim. The person dies. If the person is a child, the perp gets a life sentence. What if the particular target is hit and killed? What if some other adult is hit and killed? The punishment will be less? If found that the person had commited an act of attempted murder of the original target, and killed some bystander instead, that sounds to me like a capital murder case. The punishment should be either the Death Penalty where that exists, or life without parole where it does not. The age of the victim should not even be an issue. It is tragic when a child dies by this type of meaningless violence, but all life should be protected from these thugs.
Does attempted self-defense give one the right to take an innocent's life? If one cannot shoot straight more practice is in order.
501c3 charities are specifically prohibited from supporting/opposing specific pieces of legislation, cnadidates, and parties.
This "compromise" of their free speech rights comes voluntarily with their special tax status.
Does this include police officers who in the line of duty or in their private lives kill a child with a stray bullet?
They are just increasing the penalty, I think, not actually creating a new crime. I agree that we need tougher punishments, though I agree with you that it makes no sense to say that if you kill a child, you get more time.
Meanwhile infanticide remains a "sacred right" in this country.
I'd categorize this along with the "double fine if in a construction zone" traffic violation policy; it's a case of "all people are created equal, but some are more equal than others."
As has been pointed out by others in this thread, what would a new law cover that existing laws don't? If the current laws are't being enforced, how will new ones help?
And another point that persistently escapes the leftist mind; criminals don't care about any laws, that's why the're criminals!
Depends on how "act of violence" is defined...I'd love to see the proposed bill.
Yes, it is alright to kill an unborn child as it is simply a "choice". I've always wondered about the issue of "choice" prior to the act resulting in the pregnancy in the first place. If you don't wish to become pregnant, don't engage in activities which result in pregnancy. Simple concept.
Here's an idea: How about if the people who live in neighborhoods where people shoot each other at "block parties" turn in the thugs before they start shooting? Or how about somehow allowing the thugs to have fathers instead of being raised by their grandmothers and aunts?
The death of a child is an accident in this case. Do you want to have the driver of a car who runs over a kid chasing a ball into the street sentenced for life. Yes for a bullet, no for a car. Why?
Drivers are not pulling triggers. Invalid analogy.
another stupid "feel good" law.
Incriminetal efforts to ban guns.
This is just a BS effort to extent proximate cause liability.
IOW the lawyers are trying to make another run at home owners insurance now that they have been neutered by FL's stand your ground law.
I would agree with them that anyone who does drive-bys or shoots guns randomly into a crowd deserves a stiff sentence. But yet again, they don't even mention the root causes of their troubles. No one in my area goes around shooting guns randomly into crowds. There are no drive-by shootings. Something is fundamentally wrong with the yoots in their area. Let them dig into that for a change.