Cleveland, Ohio just had a horrific, senseless killing that slaughtered innocent children along with blameless adults. The Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence (Affectionately known as the Brady Bunch) and their friendly bull dog, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) will be sure to exploit this massacre.
They will cry out for stricter gun laws, lower capacity magazines, one gun a month restrictions and whatever else that they think they can get away with. Even if they lose, they look at each trial and lawsuit as an opportunity to talk their lies and trash about firearms of any sort. They will also claim these killings could have been prevented if their version of “sensible gun laws” had been adopted.
This is a patent lie. No amount of gun control could have prevented this murder spree. I will provide the proof and show you who some of the people responsible for this tragedy.
First of all, let me set the table by providing some background information on the perp. He was convicted in 1995 of voluntary manslaughter. Remember this, as this conviction makes him a violent felon. He was released in 2000 after spending just five years in jail.
After his release, he was convicted of felonious assault involving domestic violence and a gun in 2002. Remember the fact that he used a gun during this attack as this will show the prosecutor was negligent in filing all the proper charges.
He was again released in 2007 after serving just five years and his parole ended in 2008. In March of 2009 Davon Crawford, 33, killed his Second Wife and three children. He also killed his sister-in-law. He shot them with a handgun. He did do the State of Ohio a favor. He saved the expense of a lengthily trial and thirty to forty years of appeals on a possible death sentence conviction by shooting himself in the head.
I do not have to explain to most of you that this piece of scum was not much of a nice guy. His actions show he was a violent person and had sociopathic behavior. His first conviction of voluntary manslaughter was probably plea-bargained from a more serious charge by either an over-worked DA or a lazy Assistant DA; at least that is my take on it.
That being said, the real tragedy occurred with his conviction in 2002. Besides the measly five years of incarceration for his second crime of violence, the judge should have never released him early. The prosecuting DA should have also made sure Federal charges were filed against this dirt bag.
Davon did not pay attention to any of the gun laws, both state and federal, so no amount of additional laws would have stopped him; he would have ignored him too. In part 2 I will show how the Federal gun laws, when properly used would have prevented his latest killing spree.
In Part 1, I covered Davon Crawford’s convictions for violent crimes and his disregard of all gun laws. Let’s take just a few of the Federal gun laws and apply them to this case.
It is illegal for a felon (remember the voluntary manslaughter conviction made him a felon) to be in possession of a handgun. [18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)] = 10 years
It is illegal for a felon to possess ammunition. [18 U.S.C. § 922(g)] = 10 years
It is illegal to use a gun in a crime of violence [18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)] = 5 years
It is illegal for a felon to brandish a weapon [18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)] = 7 years
It is illegal for a felon to discharge a firearm. [18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)] = 10 years
Note that the above sentences are the minimum allowed by Federal law and are served consecutively. This is a 42-year minimum sentence on just the federal charges. Add his 2002 conviction of 6 years and he would have been in jail until 2050 and he would have been around 74 years old.
On top of all this, there are state and Federal laws regarding the transportation of a firearm and laws against carrying a concealed weapon without a permit! This could have added another 20 years to his sentence. If he lived to the ripe old age of 94 he would have probably been too frail to do any more violence again when he was released.
The question remains: Who would actually enable more domestic violence by fighting against the enforcement of Federal charges? Why were the Federal charges ignored? Who failed to file the federal charges?
Some liberal DA’s and judges might argue that 48 years is too long to serve on a domestic violence with a gun conviction. I know the ACLU fights against this. The anti-gun banners also fight against this, as they have always opposed the NRA’s campaigns to press for Federal gun charges to be brought against all felons convicted of crimes involving guns.
The DA or his assistant could have forced the Federal Attorney in their area to file the Federal charges. The Federal system could have also prosecuted Davon. It would have been a slam-dunk of an easy trial. The perp was convicted of the crime and his trial showed, beyond a shadow of a doubt that he had possession of the gun, had ammunition in the gun, used the gun in a crime of violence, brandished the gun as he pointed it at his targets, and discharged the gun. He even admitted using the gun in a letter he wrote to the parole board.
If the Federal charges had been brought against Felon Crawford in 2002, three children and two adults would be alive today. Notice I have not included the perp in the death toll. His soul went right to hell a few moments after he pulled the trigger.