Updated: Jul 22
St. Louis's top prosecutor Kim Gardner announced on Monday that she is charging the couple who stood outside their home with guns to ward off Black Lives Matter activists who destroyed a gate in order to gain access to their private community last month. Gardner ran in 2016 on a platform backed by socialist billionaire George Soros.
Photos and videos went viral as the barefoot husband in a pink polo holding a rifle and wife calmly holding a pistol in one hand hand while the other rested on her hip, rightfully defended their home as the trespassers marched toward the city mayors home.
The Democrat prosecutor said that she would be charging the couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, with felony unlawful use use of a weapon. In a statement from Gardner, she said that "It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner - that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis." In addition, she stated that she is recommending a diversion program rather than prison time.
The couple's attorney, Joel Schwartz, released a statement to Fox News saying that "I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard. This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats."
The McCloskeys appeared on Hannity earlier this month and mentioned that "300 to 500" activists went through the gate and trekked through the private community. Patricia recalled that "They said that they were going to kill us. They were going to come in there. They were going to burn down the house. They were going to be living in our house after I was dead, and they were pointing to different rooms and said, 'That’s going to be my bedroom and that’s going to be the living room and I’m going to be taking a shower in that room.'"
This event has fueled what any rational person would think wouldn't need a debate. The constitutional right to protect oneself and their property is now up for discourse.
Republican Missouri Governor Mike Parson said on Friday that he would consider pardoning the couple if they were charged. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley penned a letter to Attorney General William Barr to investigate the rogue St. Louis prosecutor. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt moved to dismiss the charges against the couple saying that their Second Amendment rights were clearly violated.
In a Monday night airing of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Mark McCloskey told Tucker that Gardner had reportedly released dozens of rioters who were arrested and did not charge them. He stated "It seems like the only person in the United States who thinks we did something wrong is our city's circuit attorney. She is the same person that let out of jail everybody that was responsible for the looting and fires and destruction, following the George Floyd death, in the city of St. Louis. It's a totally upside-down world. The people who broke into my neighborhood were all trespassing. The guy that recruited them, that planned this event, said the next day that he intended to break the law; that he needed to break laws in order to send his message. None of those people are arrested. None of those people are charged. The circuit attorney has apparently decided her job as a prosecutor isn't to keep us safe from criminals but to keep the criminals safe from us. It's a bizarro, upside-down world. I've been a little irritated by this process until today and now I am just flat out pissed off. This has gotten to be outrageous."
Cover photo (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)