Arrested For Drugs, Harassment, Robbery, Sexual Assault and Worse But Allowed to Keep a Gun? Yes and He Killed With It Last Week
The triple murder in Gardendale, Alabama last week for which authorities blame Kenneth Lever barely made the news. Gun owners who get mad and kill their wives and other family members happen too frequently to rate headlines anymore.
But the case of Kenneth Dion Lever is grislier than most. In addition to charges of deviant sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent sexual assault of a child, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, corruption of minors and dissemination of explicit sexual material of a minor, the gunman also had a rap sheet that included arrests for drug possession, robbery and assault reports New York Daily News. Dana Lever, the gunman’s ex-wife had filed for an order of protection just months ago in December 2016.
Despite the order of protection police say Lever was laying in wait and ambushed his ex-wife, her sister Bonnie Reeves Foshee and her sister’s husband Don Austin Foshee, shooting them all fatally. Despite his charges and even time in jail, Lever still had his gun.
“It was obvious it was a well-thought-out plan,” said Gardendale police Lt. Bryan Lynch. “He came for that reason. We don’t know if he was targeting all three, or if that’s just how it happened.”
Why did Lever still have his gun? According to the York Daily Record/Sunday News, “In Alabama, if a judge finds that there was enough evidence of abuse for a permanent PFA [protection from abuse petition], a defendant can’t be in possession of a firearm.” But, under a temporary PFA order it is “not a requirement” for someone to give up his weapon and Lever was under a temporary order.
The lenient laws that favor domestic abusers over their families are common in the U.S. thanks to the gun lobby. Why should someone be denied his right to a gun for a “mere” misdemeanor of domestic violence Justice Clarence Thomas famously asked last year. The gun lobby works passionately under the radar for the “gun rights” of convicted felons, people charged with domestic abuse and people who have been hospitalized for mental illness. It also passionately believes people on the Terror Watch and No-Fly lists should be able to buy and own guns. We wish we were making this up.
We lay the three deaths of innocent people in Alabama last week by a perpetrator clearly intent of such violence at the feet of the gun lobby. The gun lobby places “gun rights” over the lives of innocent Americans and blatantly helps the criminals it says it is against.