A North Carolina gun rights advocate gave an impassioned speech defending the Second Amendment earlier this week, and the video of his speech quickly went viral. His passion was especially impressive considering the Greensboro resident isn’t even a gun owner.
Mark Robinson’s unplanned and unscripted comments came during a city council meeting Tuesday evening, where residents were debating whether a gun show should be canceled in the wake of the Parkland high school massacre. Although he does not currently own a firearm, Robinson passionately supports the rights of others to bear arms.
“I’ve heard a whole lot of people in here talking tonight about this group and that group, domestic violence and blacks, this minority and that minority,” Robinson began. “What I want to know is — when are you all gonna start standing up for the majority? Here’s who the majority is — I’m the majority! I’m a law-abiding citizen who’s never shot anybody. I’ve never committed a serious crime — never committed a felony,” he added.
“It seems 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 an restrict my right — constitutional right that’s spelled out in black and white — you want to restrict my right to buy a firearm and protect myself from some of the very people you are talking about in here tonight,” Robinson continued.
“It’s ridiculous! I don’t think Rod Serling could come up with a better script!” he quipped, referring to the creator of the Twilight Zone, the science-fiction, psychological-supernatural horror anthology television series that ran in the early sixties. “It doesn’t make any sense!” he exclaimed. “The law-abiding citizens of this community, of other communities, we are the first ones taxed and the last ones considered.”
Robinson’s rant is a thing of beauty:
Robinson joined Fox News’ Fox and Friends Friday morning to explain why he felt motivated to speak out.
“I see a concerted push to end the Second Amendment. It’s simply not going to happen and the citizens of this country need to stand up and push back because if they can take away the Second Amendment, the First Amendment is obviously right behind it,” he said.
“After hearing some of the comments, I could not hold back. … I do not intend to sit idly by while politicians make rules and take away my rights as a law-abiding citizen,” said Robinson. “Now if I commit a crime, I expect my rights to be withheld. But until that time, I expect to have all the rights that are due to me under the Constitution,” he added.
“Good people need to start standing up,” he noted. “There used to be a saying — ‘write your congressman.’ I’m not going to write my congressman, I’m going to find my congressman and I’m going to confront him face-to-face and I’m going to tell him — you’re not going to run over me anymore, you’re not going to put me last. You’re going to put me first because the law-abiding citizens of this country — we’re the ones that make the wheels turn and we need to have our voices heard!”
He told the Fox and Friends hosts that he hopes his viral speech encourages other Americans to also stand up and defend their rights.