The eyes and ears of every American should be on the St. Louis couple who defended their home with weapons as an armed, angry mob of 100 black lives matter Marxist thugs broke down their gate, rampaged through their private property and threatened their lives, their dog and their home on June 28th, while demanding the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who also lives in the private neighborhood.
Why? Because I believe this is a test case to see just how far the left will try to go and just how far elected officials, the police and civilized society, the People, will allow them to go. What happened to Mark and Patricia McCloskey could just as easily have happened to any of us and we all don’t live in states with “Stand Your Ground” laws which are supposed to protect us in such situations.
You see, not only were the McCloskeys victimized by black lives matter, but they have since been victimized by the leftist media, the State of Missouri and radical activist St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, bought and paid for by far-left billionaire George Soros.
This America-hater has been systematically targeting district attorney races throughout the country by flooding money to the most far-left candidates he can find with the goal of creating havoc in communities. A number of his candidates have already won and are doing precisely that, including Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner.
Now, it’s time for Kim Gardner’s 15 minutes of fame and to be inexorably tied to the historic George Floyd era, an asterisk beside her name. She’s vying for a second term and is no doubt hoping that her treatment of Mark and Patricia McCloskey will earn her the “street cred” required by her constituency to pull off a primary win on August 4th. The McCloskeys have been under threat of a criminal investigation since the night of their property’s invasion by black lives matter and over the weekend, police were sent with a search warrant to their home, at which time they confiscated several items, including their legally-owned weapons, one of which was the oft-maligned AR-15 rifle. In an interview on Fox News, Mark McCloskey said that the police serving the warrant couldn’t have been nicer and more professional. He surmised that they didn’t agree with what they were doing and didn’t even want to be there, but that they were just doing their job as ordered to do.
It’s worth noting that not one ounce of blood was shed during the incident and not one round was fired by the McCloskeys. In fact, Patricia’s gun was inoperative and is still not capable of firing. As for Mark’s rifle, the safety was engaged at all times and – as the video demonstrates – his finger was never on the trigger and his weapon was never pointed at the rioters, even though the couple would have been well within their legal rights to do so, due to the state’s “Stand Your Ground Law”. In Missouri, if you have a legal right to be in a location, then you also have the right to defend yourself with the use of deadly force if you’re under imminent threat of deadly force, without a duty to retreat.
The headlines and their portrayal of the events in St. Louis are illustrative of just who is controlling the narrative. One example from the Boston Globe: “Police execute search warrant at home of gun-toting couple.” Malcom X, line one…….
For the past two weeks, Circuit Attorney Gardner, the leftist media and left-wing pundits – like Fox News’ Juan Williams – have been reciting from rote the talking point that the McCloskeys “attacked and threatened peaceful protestors.” Gardner said she was “alarmed at the events that occurred … where peaceful protesters were met with guns and a violent assault. We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.” It matters not that the “peaceful protestors” made terroristic threats against the McCloskeys.
Ever the radical contrarian, Juan Williams even went so far as to delve into the McCloskey’s past, into their personal family affairs, in order to somehow portray them as a pair of misanthropes and to somehow make them out to be the true criminals, rather than the thugs who broke into their property and threatened to kill them, their dog and to burn down their home.
As the couple was being vilified, Missouri Governor Mike Parson was hiding under his desk until the former governor, Eric Grelton, called him out for his cowardice. Now, Parson is saying that Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey “had every right to protect their property.” Parson’s grasp of the obvious is quite impressive.
What has gone largely-unreported is that Mark and Patricia McCloskey are personal injury attorneys and that Mark has stated publicly that he is actually supportive of the work against police brutality and represents victims of police-sanctioned violence. In fact, even as black lives matter roamed his yard, threatening him, he was in the process of representing Isaiah Forman, a young, black man who was assaulted by police.
Even as search warrants are served to the victims, even as they live with the threat of an imminent indictment, Kim Gardner, the George Soros-funded St. Louis Circuit Attorney, did not charge any of the thugs arrested by the St. Louis Police Department for destroying their property nor for threatening them. They have all been released…….and for good reason, so the left tells us. I hearken back to the riots of Baltimore, when then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told police to stand down, saying, “It’s only property. Let them loot.”
New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones may have been channeling Rawlings-Blake when this week she told CBS News viewers, “Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.” Consider the source. This is the same writer who won a Pulitzer Prize for her “1619 Project,” which aims to rewrite history and to reestablish our founding year as 1619, the year the first slave was sold in America, to establish that our country’s very existence was based on slavery. Sadly, the “1619 Project” is already becoming part of the curricula in schools across the country as yet another generation of children is being taught to hate America and to attack people like the McCloskeys.
Meanwhile, Gardner let it leak that the couple is not allowed to have weapons and that they are now potentially-unarmed. As a result, the newly-emboldened mob has returned to their home on several occasions to harass them.
As I write this blog, a headline pops up on my screen:
“President Donald Trump is intervening in the case of a wealthy, gun-toting couple who threatened Black Lives Matters protesters with guns outside their St Louis mansion.” How sick, convoluted and hate-filled does one have to be in order to come up with such a headline?
I remind you of the quote of Malcom X, cited earlier. The media have made the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent. The McCloskeys are wealthy and they live in a mansion. Therefore, they must be evil. They were “toting” guns. That, too, is evil……unless those guns are “toted” by those who shot 112 people in New York City in the past two weeks alone, not one of those “gun-toters” a police officer. Same goes for Chicago, Philadelphia and every other major American city run by Democrats where a black genocide is taking place every week before our very eyes. Those “gun toters” – who actually injured and/or killed with their weapons – are neither named nor threatened with prosecution, only the McCloskeys, who are described as having “threatened black lives matter protestors,” animals who broke through their gate and threatened to kill them and to burn down their home.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden confirmed that Mark and Patricia McCloskey are under review for criminal charges and that the police had filed for warrants in the case. Governor Parson told the Washington Post: “The president said that he would do everything he could within his powers to help with this situation and he would be taking action to do that.” Parson believes both Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr would be looking into the matter.
President Trump called attempts to prosecute the McCloskeys “a disgrace.” He said, “these people were standing there, never used it, and they were legal, the weapons.” Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner accused the president and the governor of playing politics with the case, saying, “Today, both the Governor and Donald Trump came after me for doing my job and investigating a case. It is unbelievable the Governor of the state of Missouri would seek advice from one of the most divisive leaders in our generation to overpower the discretion of a locally elected prosecutor.”
There it is, again…..the victim card. Kim Gardner is a victim, black lives matter is a victim, while the McCloskeys are hardened criminals and Donald Trump is a big, orange bully. I pray that we can wrest back the false narrative being peddled by the anti-American leftists in our media, in our government and among these bands of marauding thugs that threaten the very fabric of this country. How this case plays out has wide-ranging implications.
The Democrats have been chipping away at our Second Amendment rights for years. Failed presidential candidate and resident imbecilic man-child, Beto O’Rourke told us “hell yes, we’re gonna take away your guns” and Joe Biden has promised to put him in charge of doing just that, if elected president. Joe Biden has also promised to defund police, saying that “they’ve become the enemy.” In Joe Biden’s America, the McCloskeys would not be allowed to have guns to protect themselves and neither would there be police to protect them…….and emboldened black lives matter Marxist thugs would be allowed to run roughshod over this nation with impunity.
How will this end? My fear is that we will actually have to allow the radical, leftist activists in our government to defund the police…..for many of us – but especially the leftists – to be forced to suffer the violence, theft, destruction and death that will come as a consequence of granting them their wish…….at which point, they will be begging and pleading for the police to come back into their lives.
If this is our destiny, let’s hope it takes place soon and is short-lived…….at which point a second Donald Trump term can usher in a new era in this country and finally get rid of our enemies, especially those domestic.