Barely two months into their tenure as the majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats are already pushing their anti-Second Amendment agenda with a number of strict gun control bills that would impose limitations and restrictions on the fundamental right of citizens to keep and bear arms.
Chief among those gun control bills are HR 8, a universal background checks bill that would essentially outlaw private sales and transfers of firearms, and HR 1112, which would expand the length of time allowed for the background check system to make a determination on a potential purchaser to 10 business days.
Prior to the House voting on HR 8 — it was approved Wednesday — a number of pro-gun Republican lawmakers held a rally outside the Capitol in defense of the Second Amendment.
One of the speakers was Mark Keith Robinson, a gun owner from North Carolina, and he delivered a fiery speech in which he vowed to fight the Democrats — led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who are incessantly trying to chip away at his cherished right of gun ownership.
Robinson began by recalling how in April 2018 he had addressed the City Council of his hometown of Greensboro about a similar piece of legislation that would expand background checks and infringe upon gun rights of law-abiding citizens.
“They were doing much the same as what some of the members of this Congress are trying to do now. They are trying to infringe on my constitutional right to own a firearm,” Robinson said. “And I’m here today to say the same thing that I said to that City Council — I do not intend to let it pass without me speaking up.
“I am absolutely tired, as most law-abiding gun owners are, of having our rights doled out to us and taken away from us in small parcels. It is high time that our rights are as protected as the criminals’ rights.”
Robinson asked, “Why is it that the criminals don’t have to go to the sheriff and ask for permission to defend themselves in court for the crimes they’ve committed, but I have to go to the sheriff or the FBI to ask for the right to defend myself from criminals?
“It’s absolutely egregious. Our Constitution gives us an absolute right to defend ourselves with firearms, and it should be uninfringed.”
Robinson said he was standing against HR 8 and HR 1112 “because (the Democrats) are doing exactly what gun owners in this country have been saying for years — taking our rights away from us one small parcel at a time, and it needs to stop.”
He turned and expressed his gratitude to the politicians who were standing behind him in the fight to protect the Second Amendment, and encouraged them to continue fighting, prior to issuing a stern warning to those who are attempting to infringe upon his rights.
“To the politicians who support these laws, from those who are the hardcore socialists who plan on trying to dismantle our Constitution to simply the lazy, ineffective politicians that are holding our rights as political hostage for expedience to advance their own careers, I say this,” Robinson said. “Gun owners in this country, law-abiding citizens in this country, we’re no longer going to be silent. We are no longer asleep. We are wide awake. We are wide aware.
“And we are going to do everything we can to make sure that if you’re trying to take our constitutional rights. We are going to get you out of these halls and replace you with people that will” protect those rights.
Following Robinson’s fiery and on-point speech in defense of gun rights, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise — who was the target of a politically motivated mass shooting — spoke of the prevalence of firearms that are used by good people to defend themselves and others, and noted how Democrats had blocked him from testifying at a House committee hearing on gun violence because he refused to tout the gun control agenda.
While expanded background checks might not sound like a big deal to some people, the importance of opposing such measures was pointed out by Robinson in that Democrats are constantly working to chip away at Americans’ gun rights and must be confronted and stopped at each turn.
Thank God there are people like Robinson who are willing to speak out against those who would attempt to undermine our fundamental right to keep and bear arms for our own defense, as that right is essentially the one thing that upholds and supports all of the other rights and freedoms and liberties that we hold dear.