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Gun Owner Goes Off on City Council: When Are You Going to Stand Up for Law-Abiding Citizens?

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During an emotion-filled moment at a Greensboro, North Carolina city council meeting on Tuesday, a resident asked when his government would start standing up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

City officials are currently thinking about canceling the annual Greensboro Gun and Knife Show due to take place in August, WGHP reported.

Some city council members suggested the move last month in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.

The intent would be to address the so-called “gun show loophole,” though all licensed dealers present are required to comply with state and federal laws regarding background checks.

Resident Mark Robinson came to the council’s meeting on Tuesday night to voice his opposition to the city taking such actions, saying it’s past time officials start listening to the majority of its citizens.

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“When are you all going to start standing up for the majority?” he said. “I’m the majority. … I’m a law-abiding citizen who has never shot anybody.”

“Never committed a serious crime. Never committed a felony,” he continued, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“I’ve never done anything like that. 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 rights.”

The meeting not only addressed canceling the gun show, but how best to respond to gun violence.

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Robinson charged, “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.”

“The law-abiding citizens of this community, of other communities, we are the first ones taxed and the last ones considered, and the first ones punished when things like this happen,” he said.

Another member of the public at the event agreed with Robinson’s view, saying, “Gun show or no gun show. NRA or no NRA. I’m here to stand up for the law-abiding citizens of this community.”

Mayor Nancy Vaughan defended the proposed move of canceling the gun show, which is slated to take place at the city-owned Greensboro Coliseum.

“We never said once that we should close down any (gun dealers), stop selling any sort of guns, but we do have the coliseum, it is a city-sponsored building. For me it was our little thing that we thought that we could do,” she said.

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Gun Owners of America spokesman Jordan Stein praised Robinson for standing up for his Second Amendment rights.

Stein told The Western Journal, “Robinson was spot-on with his comments. Lawful citizens — especially gun owners — shouldn’t be punished for a crazy killer’s action.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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