From 2A Activist to Lt. Governor: Mark Robinson Talks Exclusively to AmmoLand News

Mark Robinson
Mark Robinson

U.S.A.-( His political rise was nothing short of phenomenal and he made history in the process, rising from the level of Second Amendment activist before the Greensboro, N.C. City Council to becoming the Tar Heel State’s first Black lieutenant governor, running as a Republican.

His name is Mark Robinson, and from all indications, he is just beginning to make his mark on the political and social landscape. He spoke exclusively to AmmoLand about his sudden rise to prominence, an honest-to-goodness overnight sensation story launched from the Second Amendment platform.

Robinson won the election against long odds. His opponent, Democrat Yvonne Holley, got millions of dollars’ worth of advertising support from a group funded by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, according to WUNC, the North Carolina Public Radio network. He will have to work with newly-re-elected Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper, who survived a challenge by former Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a Republican.

At 52, Robinson is no fan of former President Barack Obama, and he has reportedly criticized other Black Democrats. He and his wife of 30 years have two grown children, a son and married daughter, who has two children of her own.

The famous video of his furious, off-the-cuff remarks during a council meeting in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting tragedy, has been viewed by millions of people across the country. Typical for politicians and anti-gun activists, it appeared the city wanted to react to that terrible incident by promoting some gun restrictions. Robinson was in the audience that night, and he was having none of it.

“I went to the council meeting,” he recalled in a telephone conversation. “I heard such nonsense spoken at that meeting; a bunch of nonsense. I decided somebody’s got to stand up and speak common sense and bring some truth to that meeting.”

Suddenly, the burly Robinson—a man who had earned his living in furniture manufacturing—became that “somebody.” What happened next raced across social media at warp speed. For just over four minutes, Robinson recited the proverbial “riot act” to the council, which had been mulling gun control ideas.

“I’ve heard a whole lot of people talking tonight about this group or that group, domestic violence, blacks, these minorities, that minority…what I want to know is, when are you all going to start standing up for the majority,” he demanded to know.

“And here’s who the majority is,” he quickly added. “I’m the majority. I’m 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. You want to turn around and restrict my rights, constitutional rights, 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’re talking about in here tonight.”

If he didn’t have the council’s attention by then, Robinson gave them a hard dose of reality.

“It does not make any sense,” he stated. “The law-abiding citizens of this community and many communities around this country. We’re the first ones taxed and the last ones considered and the first ones punished when things like this happen, because our rights are the ones that are being taken away.

“That’s the reason I came down here today,” Robinson revealed. “I’m here to stand up for the law-abiding citizens of this community.”

He told the council the Second Amendment was written “for everybody, and I am everybody.”

“And the law-abiding citizens of this city are everybody,” Robinson concluded. “And we want our rights and we want to keep our rights. And by God, we’re gonna keep ‘em, come Hell or High Water.”

The audience erupted with applause, some even offering standing ovations. Suddenly, Robinson found himself in the national spotlight.

“One minute,” he recalled, “I was a guy in a factory, going to school, and the next day I had a mailbox full of letters and the NRA was calling me.”

Until that time, April 2018, Robinson was not an activist. He had worked in furniture manufacturing, lost two jobs because of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—one company simply closed its doors and moved the company to Mexico—and he was working the third job at the time he appeared before the council.

He did have an interest in firearms. He was in the Junior ROTC program in high school, learning to shoot with .22-caliber rifles at the National Guard Armory. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and attended Junior ROTC sessions at Fort Bragg when he was in his junior and senior years in high school, and during those sessions he had the opportunity to shoot a lot of firearms.

But when he left the Reserves, he didn’t own a firearm. At the time, he had a young family and other priorities.

Like so many citizens, he gradually became politically aware and active, and then came Parkland, in February 2018. The city, he recalled, wanted to cancel the gun show at Greensboro Coliseum and discussed it in March 2018. Robinson showed up at the April 3 meeting.

“They were gonna punish everyone here in Greensboro for what a criminal did in Florida,” he remembered vividly.

It was one of those “not so fast,” moments that put him in the room, with no prepared remarks. At the time, he really hadn’t come to speak, but after listening to the discussion, Robinson’s political fuse was lit. Relying on public speaking he had done in school, he delivered a stunning from-the-heart-and-gut speech that left the council and a couple of city officials wide-eyed, if the video is any gauge.

That was more than two years ago. Robinson subsequently became a member of the NRA Board of Directors filling an unexpired term, and then was elected to a new term.

But the opportunity to serve in public office arose, and he told AmmoLand, “I wanted to do something that was going to be effective; preserve the people’s constitutional rights.”

He considered running for several different offices but set his sights on the lieutenant governor’s race. Robinson described his campaign as “very grassroots, a populist campaign.” It obviously appealed to North Carolina voters. Here’s a sample of his down-to-earth approach that earned voter support:

As the lieutenant governor, Robinson will serve on the State School Board, where he hopes to provide a conservative voice.

“I get to champion legislation,” he added with enthusiasm.

He will work with state legislators and try to expand gun rights for law-abiding citizens in North Carolina. He will also work on increasing care for military veterans. With his background in the private sector, especially having lost two jobs because of the NAFTA agreement, Robinson has the experience to keep him cognizant of the impact of state or federal legislation that could hurt or help the state’s citizens and its economy.

And there is the knowledge that if something were to happen that prevented Gov. Roy Cooper from finishing his term, Robinson would become the state’s chief executive officer.

For now, Robinson is looking ahead to serving in the office to which he was just elected. Who knows what the future might bring?

One thing is certain. If anti-gunners try to push restrictions on the Second Amendment durng his watch, they’ll find Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson a formidable obstacle.

About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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I have only one comment: this is what it looks like when you speak truth to power. God Bless Mr Robinson and his effort to do exactly that.


I remember watching this shortly after it happened. Made me proud that people like him are out there with intelligent things to add to the fight that make you think and realize that the good citizens of America are the ones being attacked or having to pay the price for what criminals do.

Right on, if I could vote for him I would.


No, we’ll be voting for the opposition when we’re dead.


Right on the mark. This guy is a real human. Not a cheap politician. We need a LOT more people like him representing the American people. A man that stands for something good for a change.


“a member of the NRA Board of Directors”

It’s nice to know there’s at least one level-headed person on the NRA BOD…but sadly, I fear his frustration with self-serving bureaucrats has just begun.

Best of luck, Mark. We’re proud of you!

uncle dudley

More elected officials across the country need to hear this type of comments in their meetings from citizens who have had enough of the blame for something that a criminal has done, stand up and fight back and elect like minded folks to city council’s, state legislatures and federal office.
Tell them just what Mark said, we aren’t going to take it anymore, come hell or high water.


Most if not all elected officials. Especially those in the legislative branch of government, need to be removed and replaced by ordinary AMERICANS who have the brains to ask a question about each bill being proposed.

“IF THIS BILL PASSES WILL IT INCREASE THE SIZE, COST, REACH AND POWER OF GOVERNMENT??” Then if any of those conditions are met then they should VOTE NO because we have too much government now.

It’s time for a total house cleaning in these United States.


I love Americans like this guy.


Yeah, I agree with you.
However the Republi-con party in Tennessee didn’t like this guy in 2010.


Ryben Flynn

Yet NC re-elected Democrat gun grabber Cooper.

Sam in New Hampshire

While he’s certainly aware of this Ammoland article, why not congratulate him and let him know how many of us call him a hero? One way is through the NRA:

Mr. Mark Robinson, NRA Director
NRA Office of the Secretary
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA, 22030

or email
or call (703) 267-1021

Last edited 1 year ago by Sam in New Hampshire

Mark Robinson is what we need in “politics”. Not the career polytickshuns that suck the blood out of the rest of us. Ordinary working people are what the founding fathers had in mind when they built this country. At least I would surely hope so. BIllionaires don’t have ANYTHING in common with the working man except that the working man is how he ended up with his billions. And according to one billionaire…the pitchforks are coming.


I just don’t get it…why can’t anyone see the elephant in the room? And realize the only answer to the problem we face from the attacks on the 2nd amendment rise from the fact it was so badly damaged back in 1903 that it is about useless these days. The second amendment is the only place in the US Constitution the word NECESSARY is used. And it is penned in the midst of the first ignored 13 words. Ignored by the Feds, States, Counties, police, gun rights groups and EVEN US when it comes right down to it!     These groups… Read more »


If we hand in our guns to the government either piecemeal or all at once what is going to protect us from the government??


I agree with everything this man has to say with the exception of one thing: going into combat with an AR-15 would not be foolish. I used an M16A2 in combat and not once did I fire it in anything but semi-auto mode — exactly what an AR-15 can do. Most of my soldiers used semi exclusively too.


Seems to me that the 2nd amendment has been violated in a major way by ignoring the first 13 words of it since 1903. And that is the part that uses the word NECESSARY the only time in the whole Constitution. So when do we work on getting THAT back in force and effect? I’m not holding my breath.

Ryben Flynn

If you think it is all about a Militia, you’re wrong.
Go read this.
A 2nd Amendment Grammar Lesson | The Political Hat
politicalhat dot com/2015/08/05/a-2nd-amendment-grammar-lesson/


I didn’t say it was “all about a Militia”. I just said the first 13 words are being IGNORED and that the word NECESSARY is only used in that one place of the Constitution. If you don’t UNDERSTAND that by not having the MILTIAS you are ONE GUY against an army of HOW MANY ATF, FBI, or WHATEVER if they pass laws that VIOLATE your right to keep and bear arms. You uneducated DOLTS that frequent this page make me ill. Yes, we have the right to keep and bear arms…HA HA. Go get yourself a full auto without jumping… Read more »


Wow, someone really has an issue with the first 13 words? Brain dead lemming possibly?