Gun-toting St. Louis Homeowner Says He Expects to be Charged
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Monday that he hopes the St. Louis couple at the center of an investigation after a confrontation last month with protesters sues the “ever-living daylights” out of the prosecutor and end up with a multi-million-dollar judgment.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who live in a gated community in St. Louis, made headlines last month when they confronted protesters they say broke onto their property and threatened to kill them. The couple was subsequently targeted by the mainstream media that attempted to portray them as the racist resistance to Black Lives Matter.
Critics of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner point out that she was quick to condemn the couple while showing little interest in the protesters. The city issued a search warrant during its investigation and took their guns, including an AR-15.
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Mark McCloskey told Todd Starnes, the radio host, “We complied with the search warrant. They took my AR. I’m absolutely surprised by this.”
Starnes wrote at the time, “Two law-abiding gun owners protected their private property from an armed mob that tore down an iron gate and trespassed on their property. Instead of arresting the actual lawbreakers, it appears that the McCloskeys are the ones who could be in legal trouble.
Huckabee called it a scary situation and pointed out that the prosecutors had no interest in prosecuting those who broke into the gated neighborhood who threatened to kill “a man, his wife, their dog and burn their house down.”
“That seems to be OK,” Huckabee said. “But God help you if you use your Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendments rights to protect your property and to use the Second Amendment guarantee to be able to defend yourself when the cops aren’t able to come and take care of it.”
The couple said police did not respond to 911 calls.
Huckabee asked, “What else are the people supposed to do, make lemonade for the people who threatened to murder them?”
Diamond & Silk, the pro-Trump duo, also weighed in on Gardner’s move to strip the guns.
“Now you’re messing with their constitutional rights when you take away their weapons,” Lynnette Hardaway, known as Diamond, said. She called on the federal government to “step up” and protect the couple because their rights are being violated.
“They had every right to protect their home, their property and their lives,” Hardaway said.
Rochelle Richardson, known as Silk, called the local government’s reaction as a form of tyranny. She said the county needs to ask itself if this is what it wants in the future, and if not, voters are going to have to get out to vote and “vote red across the board.”
Last month, Mark McCloskey told the radio program that despite claims that the protesters were peaceful, “The second they made the decision to break down the gate and come in, any pretense of peacefulness disappeared.”