CBS17 recently confirmed two claims Gov. Cooper made in reference to gun violence in North Carolina. He said the North Carolina children “were 51 percent more likely to die from gun violence than children in the U.S. as a whole,” and that “death by gunfire has surpassed car accidents as the No. 1 cause of injury deaths for children.” Professor Mac McCorkle makes it clear Cooper’s mention of children was not an accident, noting “Cooper was trying to bend over backwards, saying, ‘Let’s focus on children and gun problems.’” McCorkle argues that Gov. Cooper’s efforts to pass gun legislation in the General Assembly is “very dubious.” “There might be certain executive actions he can take,” he continues, “but it was really about the bully pulpit and maybe setting things up” for a potential Democrat successor.