Do you remember Mark Robinson?
Back in April of 2018, he went viral after appearing in a video at a town hall meeting, and defending law abiding gun owners.
Here’s part of what he said, via The News and Observer:
Robinson asked city leaders “when are you all going to start standing up for the majority?” – a group he said includes himself, as “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, 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,” Robinson said at the meeting. “You want to put it at my feet.”
Robinson, who is black, is among the minority of male gun owners. Only 24 percent of non-white males said they owned a gun, while 48 percent of white men said they own a gun in 2017, making them the most likely demographic to own a gun, according to the Pew Research Center.
Robinson said he would turn in his guns if a new law required it, but said the law wouldn’t deter criminals from keeping their weapons.
“And guess who’s gonna to be the one that suffers? It’s gonna be me,” he said. “ … Our rights are the ones that are being 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 abiding citizens of this community.”
Here’s the video:
Now he is running for Lt. Governor of North Carolina as a Republican!
From the Richmond Observer:
Tuesday, Mark Robinson, a native of Greensboro, announced his candidacy for the office of Lt. Governor of North Carolina, in a bid to become the first black lieutenant governor in the state’s history.
Robinson is best known for his viral speech at the Greensboro City Council where he spoke out against a council that was attempting to stop a gun show. (See video at bottom of the post.)
He announced his candidacy in front of the City Hall building in Greensboro where he gave that viral speech, and was joined by his wife, two kids, and over 80 supporters.
In his announcement speech, he told his life story: How he grew up in Greensboro surrounded by poverty as the ninth of 10 children with an abusive alcoholic father. He talked about spending time in foster care before returning to live with his parents, and how his mother — a woman of faith — encouraged him to pursue his dreams.
Here’s his announcement video:
This guy is great!
H/T to Legal Insurrection.