Mark Robinson, a self-professed life-long resident of Greensboro, North Carolina weighed in this week at a City Council meeting on gun control.
City leaders have invited citizens to speak on the subject of the upcoming Greensboro Gun and Knife Show, which some in the community want to halt as Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, a Democrat, has railed against access to “military-style assault weapons.”
Robinson was one of a dozen speakers to address the Council, and though he apologized for the lack of polish and preparation on his remarks beforehand, delivered a succinct and at times stirring monologue:
I’ve heard a whole lot of people in here talking tonight about this group and that group, domestic violence, black, these minorities and that minority.
What I want to know is when are you all gonna start standin’ up for the majority? And here’s who the majority is. I’m the majority. I’m a law abidin’ citizen who’s never shot anybody, never committed a serious crime, never committed a felony. I’ve never done anything like that 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 wanna turn around and restrict my right–constitutional right– that’s spelled out in black and white. You wanna restrict my right to buy a firearm and protect myself from some of the very people you’re talkin’ about in here tonight. It’s ridiculous. I don’t think Rod Serling could come up with a better script. It does not make any sense. The law abidin’ citizens of this community and many communities around this country – we’re the first ones taxed and the last ones considered and the first ones punished when things like this happens because our rights are the ones that are bein’ taken away. That’s the reason why I came down here today.
Gun show or no gun show, NRA or no NRA, I’m here to stand up for the law abidin’ citizens of this community ‘cause I’m gonna tell you what’s gonna happen:
You can take the guns away from us all you want to. You all write a law. I follow a law. I’ll bring my guns down here. I’ll turn them in. But here’s what’s gonna happen. The Crips and the Bloods on the other side of town, they’re not gonna turn their guns in. They’re gonna hold on to them. And what’s gonna happen when you have to send the police down there to go take them? The police can barely enforce the law as it is. That’s what I see. We demonize the police, criminalize and vilify the police and we make the criminals into victims. And we’re talkin’ about restrictin’ guns? How are you gonna do that? How are you gonna do that when the police department’s already hamstrung?
You not gonna be able to go down here and take these guns from these criminals, so the criminals are gonna hold onto their guns. They’re still gonna have them. They’re still gonna break in my house and they’re still gonna shoot me with them. And guess who’s gonna be the one that suffers? It’s gonna be me. Well, I’m here to tell you tonight it 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 these 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 abidin’ and they follow the law and they want their constitutional right to be able to bear arms. They wanna be able to go to the gun show and buy a hunting rifle or sporting rifle. They’re no military grade weapons sold at the gun show. An AR-15 is not a military grade weapon. Anybody would go 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.
So we need to dispel all these myths and we need to drop all this – all this division that we got goin’ on here. ‘Cause the bottom line is 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 abidin’ citizens are everybody. And we want our rights and we want to keep our rights and by God, we’re gonna keep them– come hell or high water.