MSNBC spins NC Lt. Gov’s words to suggest he owns an AR-15 to ‘violently overthrow the government’

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A 2A-related speech by North Carolina’s firebrand lieutenant governor appears to have triggered, as it were, MSNBC.

According to Rachel Maddow producer Steve Benen as well as the Charlotte Observer, the gun rights-supporting GOP official reportedly had this to say in a church sermon shortly after the horrific Buffalo, N.Y. mass shooting.

“I’ll tell anybody, I got them AR-15s at home. and I like to go target shooting and all that. That’s not what they’re there for. I’m not ashamed to say it, I’m probably not supposed to say it, but I’m gonna say it anyway: I got them AR-15s in case the government gets too big for its britches because I’m gonna fill the backside of them britches with some lead….”

Robinson prefaced the above comments by noting that “when governments have all the power, governments always become tyrannical, and a terror to the people. Our founders knew, because of their godly wisdom, they did not want that to happen in this nation, and so they crafted something called the Second Amendment of our Constitution to give you the right to stand up in case you need to.”


According to MSNBC, “North Carolina’s lieutenant governor essentially said he owns AR-15s in case he feels the need to violently overthrow the government.”

“In other words, according to North Carolina’s lieutenant governor, he has semi-automatic assault rifles on hand in case he feels the need to shoot Americans as part of his dissatisfaction with the government,” MSNBC added in the Maddowblog post.

Robinson responded to criticism from North Carolina’s term-limited, Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper and Democrat Attorney General Josh Stein (the latter being Robinson’s likely opponent for the top job in the state in 2024) about what they considered the Lt. Gov.’s dangerous rhetoric.

“Cooper and Stein are showing who they really are — typical politicians. No one with a brain thinks I’m calling for people to attack government officials…don’t be surprised if these two career politicians continued to attack me and try to skew my words — they are scared of me, and they don’t want me to be Governor,” he wrote on Twitter.

Parenthetically, Robinson also recently prompted a controversy over remarks about the transgender movement.

Apart from the many gun-control advocates on the social media platform, various other Twitter users are implying that MSNBC and its followers need to brush up on history or civics. Here is a sampling:

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