This is not a new story. But I felt it might be instructive to inform readers who are unaware.
Let’s think back a few years. Do you remember how Lt. Governor Mark Robinson instantly became a nationwide sensation? He was an ordinary citizen who lived around Greensboro and who ventured to speak at a City Council meeting. The city was planning to do away with gun shows at the Greensboro Coliseum, and he objected vehemently. His scolding of city council members at the speaker’s podium went viral, and the rest is history.
But the city still stopped the gun shows.
And it turns out a gentleman from Stokesdale owned the rights to these gun shows at the Coliseum. In order to prevent the shows from taking place, the city bought him out. This article indicates that $375,000 was paid.
Citizens were made aware of the decision to move away from hosting gun shows before Mark Robinson’s appearance at the City Council. The monthly newsletter the city sends to residents with water bills contained this information.
This is merely one more manifestation of the local political culture’s bias to the far left end of the political spectrum. And interestingly, as cities like Greensboro fail on matters related to crime control, more citizens buy guns– and more citizens carry concealed. Our esteemed city leaders might have canceled the gun shows, but they effectively sold more guns.