James Hohmann, a reporter for the Dallas Morning News penned the articles for both the DMN and WFAA Channel 8 News. Mr. Hohmann interviewed one individual from our side of the debate, took pictures of her, and of the rest of us, but failed to mention anything we had to say in either article. Both articles did however mention this man:
Among the Dallas marchers was Lamont Levels, 30, who wears a patch after a shooting blinded him in one eye. He marched with his wife past the place where he was shot six years ago.Here is Mr. Levels, a genuine "victim of gun violence", marching with the Brady Bunch and demanding that our state and federal legislatures enact more gun control laws. He makes a pretty good poster child for the cause, doesn't he?
"If we don't help these kids, they're going to turn to guns," he said. "When young people hear gunshots in their neighborhoods, it doesn't bother them [anymore]."
Well let us see, I wonder what all was involved in the incident where Mr. Levels was shot.
From CBS 11:
February 17th, 2007.
"I started a gang when I was 12 years old," Levels tells the group. "I started a gang called 415 Blood Gang in Southeast Dallas out of the Frazier Court projects."Lamont Levels may have changed his ways. Lamont Levels may be actually helping kids stay out of the gangs and stay in school. For that he should be applauded. But for the Brady Bunch to parade him out in front of the cameras, with an unnecessary and poorly applied eye patch, wailing about evil guns, is a bunch of crap. Lamont knows that gang bangers do not obey the law. Lamont knows that the guns in the hands of the gangs were not legally purchased through an ffl, but either stolen or purchased on the black market. Lamont knows that no amount of gun control laws will control the criminals who use guns. And you know what? The Brady's do to.
Levels' story is chilling and his audience is young. With help, he shows the group the clothing he wore the day he was shot.
"That bullet hole, that is blood, all that dark spots, that's blood. I was shot in the temple, I was also shot in my hand," he explains.
Levels says he was shot during a power struggle in 2001.
"On Jan.2, my own friend shot me in the head with a 9 millimeter handgun and it blinded me for the rest of the my life," he tells the attendees who were not all there voluntarily.
To read the pertinent articles, click on the images.
Thanks to Hyunchback for doing the leg work on this one.