Guilt-Ridden Killers Beg Kids To Put Down Guns

In a?video by NBC’s Dan Slepian, “Voices from Within” focuses on inmates who plea for the youth of America to put down guns.


None of these men are crazed murderers who thrive in the idea that they have killed someone. They were all kids that once made a wrong decision. One shot at another group of teenagers at a movie theater, not imagining he would hit anyone. He hit two. One lost his life. The other lost his left eye.

They have now realized it’s not about “changing the past, but about the possibility of the future.” Almost all of the men featured in this video describe how powerful holding a gun made them feel.

Tyrone Abraham

“It made me feel strong. It made me feel like I was invincible…”

Kenyatta Web

?I know how it feels to have destroyed a family, to have eliminated a name. You can’t make it right. It’s over that fast. And by the time you understand, it is too late.?

According to data from the FBI’s crime reports listed by the Guardian, “…there were 12,664 murders in the US. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms.”?According to, there have been 94 school shootings since Sandy Hook.?Although it is impossible to say how many of those could have been prevented, these inmates insist on educating kids about firearms and telling them that in a split second they too could destroy their own and others’ lives. Prison Superintendent Mike Capra agrees that the issue is gun violence, and that it’s devastating to everyone involved.

Their message is clear. There is SO much we could be doing as a society to prevent things like this from happening. Although they can’t go back in time and change what they have done, we can stop kids in the future from thinking that their worth is measured by whether they have a gun or not.


Watch the powerful video linked below.

VOICES FROM WITHIN FINAL from Dan Slepian on Vimeo.

h/t The Raw Story


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Kellyn Smith is a 17-year-old aspiring poet from Atlanta, Georgia. She likes hiking, writing, reading, and loving others. She wants to live in Washington state after college and wishes to study political science and journalism at the University of Oregon.

Kellyn Smith is red-headed (but blue supporting) 17 year old high school student from Marietta, GA. She likes activism, poetry, and music. She's an outspoken Atheist and feminist. She wants to study political science at the University of Oregon or the University of Washington.