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North Carolinians speak out against Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s cruel comments on gun violence

Source: Editorial Board

Voters across the state are voicing their concern over Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s long history of disturbing comments regarding guns and mass shootings. Robinson first came to the public’s attention in 2018 when he went viral after giving an angry speech about gun rights at a Greensboro City Council meeting.

Ingram Haizlip, who was shot in the head by a convicted felon 12 years ago, wrote in the Greensboro News and Record earlier this month about her disgust with Robinson’s numerous Facebook posts mocking and attacking school shooting survivors. 

“In 2018, he accused the student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting of being actors and called them “spoiled, angry, know-it-all CHILDREN,” “stupid kids,” and “media prosti-tots,”” Haizlip noted

Rev. Dawn Daly-Mack, a Northampton County resident and proud gun owner, said that Robinson’s policy stances, which include opposition to universal background checks, make him too extreme for North Carolina. 

“As governor, Mark Robinson would take away my right, and my grandchildren’s right, to feel safe in my community,” Daly-Mack wrote in the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald late last month. 

Margaret Perkins, a retired nurse practitioner who has seen the devastating impact of gun violence first hand, noted that Robinson is an NRA board member who received $82,000 from the NRA Political Victory Fund in 2020.

“This candidate does not match up with my wish list for the future. Does he with yours?” Perkins asked in the Asheville Citizen Times earlier this month.

This October 1st marked the six year anniversary of the Las Vegas mass shooting, a horrific tragedy in which 58 people were killed and hundreds more were injured. 

Haizlip noted that just a few weeks after the horrible tragedy, “Mark Robinson cast doubt on the mass shooting, posting on his Facebook page that he was “SERIOUSLY skeptical” about what happened in Las Vegas.”

From the Coastal Plains to the Piedmont to the Mountains, North Carolinians are making it clear that Robinson’s gleeful cruelty, extreme policies, and conspiracy theories have no place in our state. 

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