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Last Updated:  Thursday, 3 April, 2003, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
So Solid star heads gun campaign
Asher D
Asher D was sentenced to 18 months in jail
A member of So Solid Crew who was jailed for carrying a loaded firearm is at the forefront of a campaign to rid Britain's streets of gun violence.

Asher D urged others to learn from his mistake at the launch on Wednesday of the Disarm campaign, a Home Office-backed initiative.

"If you carry a gun you could end up having a gun to your head and being killed," he said.

"To some, weapons have a feeling of power. But guns lead to death.

"If we get one gun off the street then that's a good thing."
Prison is not a nice place to be and I don't want to go back there
Asher D

Asher D, whose real name is Ashley Walters, was recently released after being sentenced to 18 months for firearms offences.

Police who stopped his car found a .22-calibre air pistol containing five rounds of live ammunition.

So Solid Crew have been accused of glamourising gun culture in the past.

The group's leader Megaman spent four months on remand accused of attempted murder. He was later cleared.

Another band member - Darren Weir - was convicted of breaking a 16-year-old female fan's jaw and two years ago another So Solid member was shot in the leg after a confrontation outside a nightclub.

"I've been through my thing, some of the guys have been through theirs," said Asher D.

"But we want people to know that's not what we are doing now."

'Second chance'

Of his experiences, he said: "The main thing I've learned is to behave myself.

Mica Paris
We need to include young black males into society so they would not feel a need to turn to gun crime
Mica Paris
"Prison is not a nice place to be and I don't want to go back there." Asher D is one of a number of artists taking part in a series of concerts in support of the Disarm campaign, which is aimed at young black people.

Other acts taking part in the Disarm gigs said they believed his involvement in the project was important.

"Having him take part is a good thing because he has first hand experience of gun crime so it should make people listen," said Heartless Crew member Bushkin.

"I suppose some people may think it's hypocritical of him to join this campaign but everybody deserves a second chance."

Mica Paris, whose own brother was shot dead two years ago, is also performing.

She said: "We, as a nation, need to include young black males into society so they would not feel a need to turn to gun crime."

Music venues in London will host the gigs on 24 April.

So Solid Crew members Megaman, Romeo and Lisa Maffia will perform at Ocean in Hackney, east London.

Mica Paris will be at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, west London, while David Lynden Hall is at the Astoria in the West End and Heartless Crew will be at the nearby Mean Fiddler.

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