Everyone deserves the right to be able to protect their property and their loved ones.
If someone breaks into your home, you have the right to do whatever you can to make sure that they stop.
Last month, there were a lot of protests going on all over the country that turned violent in some respects. Innocent people that had nothing to do with what the protesters were mad at were being put in danger. Hell, in Atlanta they tried breaking into the CNN building. Everyone deserves to be able to protect themselves.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey are facing felony charges for unlawful use of a weapon. They made national news after they came outside with guns drawn as protestors were outside their Central West End home in late June.
The charges say that Patricia McCloskey began yelling at the protesters to “go” while pointing the handgun at the demonstrators. The protesters feared that get would be injured because Patricia has her finger on the trigger of the handgun and her excited demeanor.
Mark McCloskey was armed with a rifle. He also continued to point the weapon at demonstrators while they were on the sidewalk and street, according to the charges.
Supporters of the McCloskeys said they were legally defending their $1.15 million home.
Gardner is recommending a diversion program such as community service rather than jail time if the McCloskeys are convicted. Typically, class E felonies could result in up to four years in prison.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson said that he would likely pardon the St. Louis couple if they are charged for brandishing guns during a protest outside their mansion. President Trump also said he would take action in the case.
Parson, when he was in the Legislature, co-authored Missouri’s “castle doctrine” law that justifies deadly force for those who are defending their homes from intruders. He has said that the McCloskeys “had every right to protect their property.”
Gardner declined to discuss why she decided the castle doctrine didn’t apply.