Mark Carman is a former police officer and Grammy-nominated record producer. Carman, who lives in Portsmouth, Virginia, describes himself as a “conservative Christian southern Republican gun owner.” And he has had it with American inaction on gun violence.
Carman posted a video on Facebook in early October, following the shootings at Umpqua Community College, that has been seen almost 1.5 million times. In that video, addressed to “responsible gun owners,” Carman calls out the NRA and politicians who want to continue to sit on their hands and do nothing about gun violence in America. Carman says:
I love my guns. This is a message to responsible firearm owners: At some point, we’re going to have to come to the conclusion that we’re going to need to get guns away from people who shouldn’t have them.
Carman has started a new group, the “American Coalition for Responsible Gun Ownership.” According to a press release, the purpose of the group is to represent gun owners whose views are not totally in tune with those of the NRA, or gun control groups. “I’m going to make some noise,” Carman says.
In 2013, President Obama released a 23-point list of executive actions that he said will help address America’s continuing problem with gun violence. In an October 11 Facebook post, Carman addressed those proposals. Here is the full text of Carman’s post.
Some were apparently puzzled by Carman’s statement that he was going to mark the proposals with which he takes issue by using green text and an “X.” The first comment on Carman’s post says, “We can’t see color here only black text!” To which Carman replied, “Well There ya go.”
In other words, this southern Republican gun-owning evangelical Christian who worked to defeat Barack Obama in two elections is in 100 percent agreement with the president on guns. Here is Carman’s video, which is filled with the common sense from a gun owner that this debate has largely been lacking, until now.
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