WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- As he sits in his Northeast D.C. apartment, Corie Davis reflects on the day he was shot, some 13 years ago.
Davis said, "I smacked a dude with a brick, next thing you know, I tried to smack him again with a brick."
But before he hit that man a second time Davis, now 33, was shot by an unknown man defending the man he was hitting with a brick.
He was left paralyzed from the neck down, and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since.
Now as the gun debate roars on in our country, Davis is offering his opinion on guns.
According to Davis, there are countless illegal guns on D.C. streets, and laws need to be stiffer in order to get those guns out of the hands of people with ill intentions.
Davis said, "Dirty weapons, that's what you call them...dirty weapons. Those are the ones that law enforcement need to get off the streets."
He tells 9News that he isn't against those who legally have guns for justifiable reasons. He says it's the guns being used in crimes like the one that left him paralyzed that need be tracked down.
He added, "Law enforcement, they do get some of the guns off the stree, but it's hard to get all the guns off the street."
And although he realizes that his initial action in choosing to beat a man with a brick led to his eventual shooting, Davis tells us if laws were tougher then, perhaps a gun would have never been used against him.
He said, "As far as yeah, 13 years ago, yeah i definitely think it would have saved me."
So as our nation's leaders prepare to take on the debate and undoubtedly try and draft new legislation, Davis offers some advice, saying, "Make it stronger, make it harder for people to carry these weapons on the street."