Lawyer shares story about father locked up for illegally possessing gun
By Andrew Shepperson
Kevin Harden, Jr., right, with his father (Photo: ACLU)
With many calling for harsher penalties for felons in possession of firearms, one lawyer and former victim of gun violence sheds some light on the flip side.
In a piece published by the ACLU, Kevin Harden Jr. talks about being raised by a single dad and the impact that one bad decision had on the rest of his life.
Harden’s father, described as a hard-working and dedicated family man, raised Kevin, his two younger brothers and younger sister in Philadelphia all on his own. Things were going well until an incident at a 2005 block party turned everything upside down.
At the block party, a man began arguing with and, according to witnesses, pulled a knife on Harden’s then 17-year-old sister. Harden’s father rushed into the house, grabbed a gun and put it in his waist. He then confronted the man and lifted his shirt to intimidate him with the gun.
Harden’s father was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. In 1989, Harden’s father had pleaded guilty to committing a strong arm robbery. At the time, Harden notes, his father was battling drug addiction, but by 2005 he had been clean and