FIRST ON FOX – The National Rifle Association (NRA) gave their complete endorsement to “fervent patriot” Republican North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson in his bid to extend his meteoric political upward push and develop into governor of the Tar Heel State, Fox News Digital has discovered.
“It is with immense pride and unwavering support that I, on behalf of the National Rifle Association members across North Carolina, extend to you the NRA-PVF’s highest accolade, the ‘A+’ rating, and our full endorsement for your gubernatorial bid in the 2024 North Carolina Primary Election,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Randy Kozuch wrote in a letter to Robinson Tuesday.
Robinson assumed place of work as North Carolina lieutenant governor in 2021, turning into the state’s first Black American to carry the place of work. He introduced closing April he would run for governor.
Kozuch detailed in his endorsement letter that Robinson’s battle to give protection to the Second Amendment has resonated now not best with NRA individuals in North Carolina, however with law-abiding gun homeowners national.
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“Your resolute defense of the Second Amendment and the principles of liberty has profoundly resonated with our members, not just in North Carolina but across the nation. Your assertion that the protection of the citizenry’s right to keep and bear arms is not just a policy stance but a fundamental cornerstone of freedom, echoes the very ethos of the NRA,” Kozuch mentioned in his letter.
Robinson went viral in 2018 when he delivered an impassioned speech referring to gun rules all the way through a town council assembly in Greensboro, prior to he used to be elected to political place of work. His speech got here in line with native leaders debating whether or not to cancel a gun display following the Parkland faculty capturing in Florida that very same yr.
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“I’m a law-abiding citizen who’s never shot anybody,” Robinson mentioned on the assembly, which used to be seen 200 million instances. “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 right.”
The viral speech catapulted Robinson into politics, together with handing over an NRA speech in 2018 prior to he secured the lieutenant governorship. Robinson prior to now labored as a furnishings manufacturing facility worker in North Carolina and is an Army veteran.
“On April 3, 2018, you stood tall as a beacon of liberty before the Greensboro City Council, vowing to be the unwavering voice for the rights of law-abiding citizens. A mere month later, you boldly took the national stage, addressing the national media and fellow NRA members and Second Amendment champions at the 2018 NRA Leadership Forum,” Kozuch mentioned in his letter.
Kozuch mentioned Robinson’s upward push in politics has been “nothing short of remarkable,” whilst highlighting that the North Carolina Republican has remained devoted to protective the Second Amendment whilst in political place of work.
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“Your ascent over the past six years has been nothing short of remarkable. As a fervent patriot and defender of freedom, you took the courageous step to run for office, emerged victorious, and have since ceaselessly upheld your solemn pledge to defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” he mentioned.
Robinson’s ideology is rooted in “common-sense conservatism,” in step with his authentic lieutenant governor biography, with him that specialize in “protecting the life of the unborn, defending the 2nd Amendment, giving control over children’s education back to parents, standing up for law enforcement, addressing veterans’ care, and enacting election reform.”
The state’s Republican number one for governor can be held March 5, when Robinson will face off towards state Treasurer Dale Folwell and veteran trial attorney Bill Graham.
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“This endorsement is a testament to your steadfast commitment to the Second Amendment and your relentless efforts to safeguard the right of North Carolinians to defend themselves and their loved ones,” Kozuch mentioned in his letter.