I think it was very wrong for Michael Dunn to fire at the young men playing loud music and it was horrendous that he killed Jordan Davis (“Questions on Fla.’s Self-Defense Law Raised Anew as Verdict Eludes Jury,” Feb. 17). If I were a jury member, however, I would have pondered this question: Who made the first “assault,” the young men or Mr. Dunn?
The dictionary definition of assault is: “to attack or bombard (someone or the senses) with something undesirable or unpleasant; i.e., her right ear was assaulted with a tide of music.”
When I am subjected to loud music in a public place, such as a restaurant, I find it very unpleasant and resent the fact that the owners have subjected me to a loud and raucous environment that assaults my senses. I don’t respond with a gun; I simply leave. I believe Mr. Dunn felt assaulted; his fatal mistake was in not leaving.
My question is this: Do we need to redefine the nature of what is considered an “assault”? I think we do, and I look forward to an attorney arguing this in court.
AURELIA T. SMELTZ