Photos of an armed couple protecting their home in a gated community are circulating online. They looked far from the iconic Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but they had to stand up for what was theirs. Read more about the story here.
Armed Couple in St. Louis Trending Now
The 2nd Amendment is having quite a year.
Even as restrictive legislation is pushed through in several states, and is even making headway at the Federal level, homeowners and business owners are calling on their rights to bear arms to protect their lives and their livelihoods.
Across the nation, we are witnessing over and over again that people reach for their firearms to ensure their safety.
Racial tensions have continued to rise and Black Lives Matter protests have continued for a full month now.
In St. Louis, Mayor Lyda Krewson was the reason for a march that took place on June 28, in her own gated community.
Krewson drew attention from activists when she read the names and addresses of those asking her to defund the police, on her Facebook Live video.
Although these names and addresses are public records, they are typically only released by formal request.
The mayor later apologized, saying that she “did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone.”
Were They in the Right?
But unlike other marches that have taken place over the last few weeks, the march in St. Louis took place on private property – and protestors were made to feel very unwelcome.
The march was compromised of several hundred protesters, who were headed for Krewson’s house to demand her resignation.
But to get there, they had to break through an iron gate to Portland Place, one that was clearly marked with “Private Street” and “No Trespassing” signs.
Once they broke through the gate, protesters were surprised to find themselves faced with armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey.
Mark brandished a semi-automatic rifle, while Patricia held her handgun. Mark repeatedly yelled, “Private property! Get out!”
The McCloskeys, both lawyers, had called the police when they saw the mob at the gate to their street but had jumped into action when they feared their home would become a target.
They did not advance past their own front steps and kept their interactions with protesters minimal, despite protesters yelling obscenities at them.
Although plenty of video footage is available, there is no sign of protesters stepping onto their property.
Was It Self-Defense or Improper Gun Use?
The McCloskeys own a personal injury law firm that has since been boarded up and the website removed. They have both had to disconnect their phones after the incident.
It will be determined in a court of law whether the McCloskeys were acting in self-defense or if they were instead improperly using a firearm to intimidate.
Mark McCloskey is supportive of the BLM movement but also said, “I’m not the enemy of the people supporting black lives. I am the enemy of the terrorists, the Marxists.”
He does not want his or his wife’s actions to be viewed as an opposition to the movement.
Missouri is considered a very gun-friendly state. No permits are necessary for open or concealed carry.
And it is not necessary to register firearms or have a permit to purchase a firearm. Even specially trained school employees are allowed to carry firearms on school property.
Of concern to experienced marksmen and firearm enthusiasts is the manner in which the McCloskeys handled their firearms.
Mark appears to be simply displaying his rifle. Even more troubling is that Patricia is pointing her pistol directly at the crowd with her finger on the trigger.
Safe and proper use is an essential element of gun ownership. It is always recommended to handle and practice with your weapons until you are comfortable with them.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 2, 2020, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.