Since the start of the extremist demonstrations from Black Lives Matter in late May of this year the radical organization has promised their next step will be taking the fight to the suburbs. This Sunday they made good on their promise as they entered a residential neighborhood in St. Louis. Local residents were prepared.
The goal of the admittedly Marxist mob was to compel Mayor Lyda Krewson, a first-term Democrat, to tender her resignation for refusing BLM’s demands to “defund” police departments. Krewson also released some of the radical BLM organizer’s names. On their way to confront the mayor, the mob took a side quest to intimidate neighbors relaxing in their homes.
A video of one couple went viral as they greeted the screaming crowd with an AR-15 and a handgun as the horde entered their private property, passed the gate, and met them outside their suburban mansion.
The Washington Post claimed, the “peaceful crowd of protesters” were apparently “armed only with posters and chants.” However, it is unclear how the WashPo staff were able to search these trespassers for weapons or read the crowd’s mind to see how far they would take the disturbance. The supposedly “peaceful crowd,” began chanting “kill all cops” and “fuck the police.” It has also been reported that several people in the crowd were armed.
“Private property!” the man repeatedly told the swarm of people, while he gripped his rifle. “Get out! Private property, get out,” added his wife.
As the residents and the mob had a tense stare down, some of the crowd began threatening to seize the couple’s firearms.
Police were called and reported they found “a large group of subjects forcefully break an iron gate marked with ‘No Trespassing’ and ‘Private Street’ signs.”
“The group began yelling obscenities and threats of harm to both victims,” police informed the press. “When the victims observed multiple subjects who were armed, they then armed themselves and contacted police.”
Journalist Ian Miles Cheong commented on his Twitter, “Leftists on Twitter are offended that this home owner stepped outside with a gun to prevent Black Lives Matter protestors from storming his home in St Louis. Good for him,” as the public on both sides of the debate made the video go viral.
Cheong reminded his followers, “Remember the time BuzzFeed’s Tom Gara tried to pile onto an Antifa mob to besiege a couple of private home owners? That was 10 minutes ago. He deleted the tweet after being ratio’d to hell.”
The couple dressed in the height of fashion as the man dawned a salmon colored polo shirt and kakis, while his wife was clad in stretch pants and a striped top while they showed their weapons to the angry crowd. All ended well, as the mob retreated from the property without damaging it and no one was hurt.
The couple was later identified as Mark and Patricia McCloskey; both lawyers. Attorney Mark S. Zaid, who is veraciously Anti-Trump, accused the couple’s actions of being criminal and demanded they both be disbarred.
“Their actions should have consequences,” Zaid tweeted.
“State law does not prohibit open carrying of firearms, but does prohibit exhibiting ‘any weapon readily capable of lethal use’ in angry or threatening manner in presence of one or more persons. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.030.1(4),” he wrote.
Castle Doctrine does apply in the state of Missouri and assures homeowners have the legal right to defend themselves and their homes, even with deadly force if it applies.
The McCloskeys’ reaction to the Black Lives Matter crowd storming their property was not rash or baseless. Only a day before in St. Louis, Catholics were attacked by a similar BLM gathering while trying to protect a statue of King Louis IX, for whom the city is named after.
“Yesterday, while praying for peace and unity in our city and the protection of the Saint Louis statue, Black Lives Matter protesters started to harass, berate, and assault the Catholics that were peacefully praying. We did nothing in retaliation,” a witness said on Twitter.
The fate of the McCloskeys’ remains up in the air, as St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner said in a statement on Monday she was “alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend where peaceful protestors (sic) were met by 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,” says Gardner.
“Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”
As it turns out, the pressure of all the attention got to the home-defense-sweetheart-couple, and they are now trembling supporters of BLM. They released a statement through their attorney to “set the record straight,” saying:
“The peaceful protesters were not the subject of scorn or disdain by the McCloskeys,” the statement tells us. “To the contrary, they were expecting and supportive of the message of the protesters.”
The statement says that the couple, who are registered Democrats (which may explain their lack of trigger discipline and knowledge of how to safely hold their weapons) were “in fear of imminent harm,” because of “the actions of a few individuals who chose to exploit the otherwise peaceful protest” with “actions of violence, destruction of property and acts of threatening aggression.”
Gardner’s office is investigating the matter and will decide whether or not the suburban couple protecting their property will face charges.