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The Marion County sheriff says a recent town hall meeting on youth violence is already beginning to yield results, and now he’s beginning to carry out a plant aimed to building on that success.

When Brian Abron attended the youth violence town hall meeting at Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis last week, the 27-year-old man said he made a decision to leave a life of street crime behind.

“It’s a time where you say enough is enough,” Abron said. “Instead of being part of the problem, I’d rather be the solution to the problem.”

Abron says he began drug dealing when he was 13. Now, 14 years later, he says it’s easier than ever for children to get into it and get their hands on illegal guns.

“It’s like you can go to McDonald’s to get some food, you can go knock on a door and get a gun,” Abron said.

Abron spent time in prison for drug dealing and possession in the early 2000’s, only to return to his old ways.

He just recently decided to make a change after learning that he was going to become a father. He attended last week’s meeting and decided to turn in his guns, including a semi-automatic rifle and 100 round clip, to the Marion County Sheriff.

“He indicated to me that there could be several more coming,” Sheriff John Layton said. “He thinks that he can get a lot more of them off the street.”

Layton is now working with Abron and several area pastors and jail chaplains in hopes of finding a way to raise funds for a potential gun buy back program, which would entice more people to come forward.

The meeting between the faith-based community and Sheriff Layton was spearheaded by the leader of the First Christian Baptist Church in Indianapolis. Last spring, there was a SWAT standoff at the church after Bishop Damon Roach’s grandson shot at him inside the church. Roach was not hurt, but he says he was forever changed.

“This sanctuary I almost lost my life in because of an illegal gun,” Roach said.

Sheriff Layton says his plans don’t stop with guns and they extend beyond the faith-based community. He says he’s already begun asking deputies to talk to local businesses during their shifts, and ask them to consider hiring young people.

“All I’m asking my deputies to do is go back to these people and tell them to give a kid a chance,” Layton said.

First Christian Baptist Church is also getting on board with that effort. The church has a beauty and barber school inside and several instructors say they’re willing to volunteer their time.

“So we’re willing to make our building available, our school available, and the course we’re willing to do for free to get these young folks,” Bishop Roach said. “We have to give them something to do.”

Abron says that’s important because when he was young he says he didn’t have anyplace or anyone to turn to.

“I didn’t have no guidance,” Abron said. “So what I seen as a kid, that’s what I wanted to be.”

“What I want to show is that (those kids) are accepted by the sheriff, they’re accepted by the citizens of Marion County that own businesses, that we’re accepting them too,” Sheriff Layton said.

Abron says he’s planning to help motivate other young people to give up lives of crime and turn their lives around. Sheriff Layton says he’ll be meeting with the pastors again soon to begin looking into ways to involve the entire community and to raise money for a gun buy back program.

Layton says he’s heard very little from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department regarding partnering on solutions, but he says he remains open to working together. He also plans to attend the next town hall meeting on the west side in the coming weeks.

21 comments

  • Mr. BR

    Here's a little firearms 101. There is no 100 round "clip" that I am aware of, it is a 100 round "magazine", there is a difference. More than likely it was a 100 round drum magazine. He might regret this decision someday when the time comes to protect himself and his family. I would have paid him cash for his stuff and it wouldn't end up on the street.

  • richiey1

    STUPID A$$ DEMOCRATS ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; & cnn ( SEND morgan back to england )
    IDIOTS == Ed Schultz Lawrence O'Donnell Chris Matthews Rachel Maddow msnbc
    LEAVE GUN OWNERS ALONE ;;;;;;;

    • Bill In Indy

      To clarify….guns are inanimate. They, for the most part, are not legal or illegal. They are purchased and used either illegally or legally. It is the user or owner that is illegal or not.

      The Supreme Court, and various lower courts, have held numerous times that the police have no obligation to protect you from another person or liability for not having done so. That leaves your personal protection up to you. If you choose to live with your own idealistic head in the clouds on the subject, fine. Do it. You don't have the right to deny me the ability to protect myself and my family from those who would do us harm. That's why it's call the Bill Of Rights and not the Bill Of Needs. Our founding fathers saw this coming. Live in the world the way it is and not the way you wish it was.

      Pay attention to those extremists on both sides. They're about control. Not liberty.

  • Shawn Lewer

    What does he want, A pat on the back? Many people have done the right things all along… Good for him he's came a long way but why was he acting like he was in the first place?

    • ClanSmokeJaguar

      Yah, I'm glad he did what he did but…

      That's like someone walking under a ladder with bricks teetering on top of it. Someone tells him not to and he does so anyway, getting clobbered in the dome. The next day he comes back and does the same, ignoring warnings not to.

      This goes on for a long time until he finally says "I'm not walking under that ladder any longer"

      Well…we're all happy he's no longer walking under the ladder but damn it…the lesson should have been learned a long time ago! lol

  • Bill In Indy

    It might be of interest to note that this is an honorable and courageous thing he is doing. Most every kid has taken some kind of wrong turn somewhere is life. I did. I never hear anyone mention how much a number of factors play into crime:
    the economy (geniuses we elect either don't seem to be willing to fix it or aren't smart enough to do so),
    letting felons back out without serving their sentences in full (why straighten out if the price isn't that high),
    lack of parents taking full responsibility for raising their children (having their children be more important than whether they like the person they made the child with),
    lack of a moral foundation growing up
    making it nearly impossible for a felon to get a job once they have served their time leaving many with no other options, so they see it and often it is the case, to support themselves and lessen the attractiveness of returning to a life of crime,
    lack of the ability of school systems to enforce dicipline in schools,
    drugs,
    poverty,
    and the list goes on.

    The geniuses in Washington are working hard to enslave us. We must look behind the curtain and take a stand for the country our founding fathers envisioned. Morgan Freeman said it is "Bonfire Of The Vanities" when he said, "Go home and be decent people. Decent people. If you want to know what that means, ask your grandmother." We have to learn to be kind to each other and stop reacting to our emotions. We can have emotions and not act on them. We have to start to get in touch with the fact that we only have one time on the planet and it is precious time.

      • ClanSmokeJaguar

        At risk how and is it any more risk than being a drug dealing, gang-banging thug?

        Look…I'm glad he's supposedly turning over a new leaf. Truly I am. But to label this honorable is crazy! The "honorable" thing is not getting involved with this BS anyway. But that's the past.

        Want to be truly honorable? Reveal to cops all the hell he's raised in the past.

        All of the people he's sold drugs to, robbed, etc? He's going to be held to account. You know that?

      • Bill In Indy

        CSJ,

        At risk how and is it any more risk than being a drug dealing, gang-banging thug?

        At risk at the hands of the gang-banging thug community he's obviously a part of if they decide he's flipped on them….not law enforcement.

        Look…I'm glad he's supposedly turning over a new leaf. Truly I am. But to label this honorable is crazy! The "honorable" thing is not getting involved with this BS anyway. But that's the past.

        So, we're really down to semantics, right?

        Want to be truly honorable? Reveal to cops all the hell he's raised in the past.

        You could be right on this. I'm not gonna split hairs on this. My point is that he could finally be making a positive difference in his community with his actions instead of being on a rant and I'm acknowledging him as such.

        All of the people he's sold drugs to, robbed, etc? He's going to be held to account. You know that?

        I guess we'll see of we won't. And….I don't get your apparent anger or am I misreading you? Thanks for your comments.

        Read more: https://fox59.com/2013/02/27/young-man-turns-in-gu
        Read more at https://fox59.com/2013/02/27/young-man-turns-in-gu

      • ClanSmokeJaguar

        >So, we're really down to semantics, right?

        I suppose so. Honorable is just not the appropriate word.

        >difference in his community with his actions instead of being on a rant and I'm acknowledging him as such.

        I agree.

        And there is no anger here. I'm just making my opinion known. lol

  • Concerned

    WHY is the Sheriff doing this? He has no law enforcement duties. He is responsible for the jail and the courts. he is always trying to "get back" what they "gave away" and be bigger than they are…

    • ClanSmokeJaguar

      Because they merged with IMPD and got the stinky end of the stick but still want to claw and scrape for power.

    • Bill In Indy

      Concerned, why are you so concerned about what the Sheriff is doing? He is obviously making a difference that you are not. Are you not safer if his efforts result in getting illegal guns off the street? Are you not safer if criminals and/or potential criminals turn their lives around instead of holding you up or invading you in your home? I guess I'd have to question your motives while respecting your right to your opinion.

    • ClanSmokeJaguar

      Actually there are.

      If you saw the barrel of a shot gun off to a certain length, you've now made that an illegal weapon.

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