GREENSBORO, N.C. – A man speaking at a Greensboro City Council meeting on Tuesday said citizens will keep their gun rights “come hell or high water.”
Mark Robinson spoke during a public comment period in which several people talked about a gun and knife show planned for the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
Robinson’s speech went viral after being shared on Facebook by U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, being viewed more than 3 million times.
“When are you all going to start standing up for the majority?” Robinson, a Greensboro resident, asked the council. “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. You want to put it at my feet.”
Tuesday night was the first time the floor was open for people to express how the felt about the gun and knife show set to come to Greensboro in August.
This all started last month, after some city council members suggested the show be canceled in the wake of the shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school back in February.
The city attorney followed by saying that council doesn’t have the power to cancel the show or ban the coliseum from holding it in the future.
Council opened up the discussion to the public Tuesday, addressing not only the event but topics like violence.
Council passed a resolution after the forum that would give the proceeds from the event to the city’s gun stoppers program. FOX8 reached out the Greensboro Coliseum, however they decided not to comment.