Mark Robinson is a law-abiding gun owner who decided he’d had enough and took his Greensboro, N.C. city council figuratively to church on Tuesday.
Robinson demanded to know when the council was going to stop “listening to this group and that group” and stand up for what he referred to as the majority in the community, the law-abiding citizens and those who own and use guns properly.
“I’m a law-abiding citizen who’s never shot anybody. Never committed a serious crime. Never committed a felony. I’ve never done anything like that,” Robinson began.
“But it seems like every time we have one of these shootings nobody wants to put the blame where it goes, which is at the shooter’s feet. You want to put it at my feet. You want to turn around and restrict my right. A constitutional right that’s spelled out in black and white. You want to restrict my right to buy a firearm to protect myself from some of the very people you’re talking about in here tonight.”
“[Law-abiding gun owners] are the first one’s taxed and the last ones considered,” he railed. “And the first ones punished when things like this happen. Because our rights are the ones being taken away.
Robinson went on to explain the danger in taking away the guns from law-abiding citizens, while criminals won’t turn their guns in and will then have the very real advantage to break into people’s homes and shoot the unarmed sitting ducks who were forced to turn in their guns.
“Well, I’m here to tell you tonight [taking guns away from law-abiding citizens] is not going to happen without a fight. And when I say fight, I don’t mean shots fired. I don’t mean fists thrown. I mean I’m going to come down here to this city council and raise hell just like the loonies from the left do until you listen to the majority of the people in this city. And I am the majority. The majority of the people in this city are law-abiding. And they follow the law and they want their constitutional right to bear arms.
To close out his speech, Robinson pointed to the inaccuracy of using the term “military-style weapon.”
“The majority want to be able to go to the gun show and buy a hunting rifle or a sporting rifle. There are no military grade weapons sold at the gun show. An AR-15 is not a military grade weapon. Anybody going into combat with an AR-15 is a fool. It’s a semi-automatic .22 rifle. You’d be killed in 15 minutes in combat with that thing.
Robinson finally called for a dropping of the gun myths and “all the division we’ve got going on.”
“When that Second Amendment was written, whether the framers liked it or not, they wrote it for everybody. And I am everybody. And the law-abiding citizens of this city are everybody and we want our rights. And we want to keep our rights, and by God, we’re going to keep them. Come hell or high water.”