Riots and violent Marxist thugs won’t be confined to American cities, Mark and Patricia McCloskey said on Monday, discussing their support for President Donald Trump and being criticized for protecting themselves and their home.
“We have a God-given right to defend ourselves. The right of self-defense is one of the most basic civil rights — probably the most basic human rights” Mark McCloskey told “Fox & Friends” when asked to give a heads up of what they were going to talk about during their Monday night Republican National Convention speech.
“You cannot have freedom and an opportunity to advance unless you have basic safety and security, and that it is not just limited to big cities. They are bringing it to a neighborhood near you,” McCloskey said.
The McCloskeys gained nation attention for bearing arms while standing outside their home after Black Lives Matter protesters broke through a locked gate and entered their neighborhood, trespassing on a private street. The couple was filmed pointing weapons at the group of protesters marching toward the mayor’s residence.
The couple defended themselves, saying they were facing a “mob” on their private street and feared for their lives.
They were eventually charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon.
Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner told the Associated Press that their actions risked creating a violent scenario throughout an otherwise nonviolent protest last month.
Once they broke through a locked gate and entered private property they were no longer nonviolent peaceful protesters. At that point they committed Breaking and Entering, and possibly more crimes. Peaceful protesters do not have the right break into private property.
Many Republican leaders condemned Gardner’s actions, and that included President Donald Trump, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and Senator Josh Hawley, (R-MO), who has urged Attorney General William Barr to undertake a civil rights investigation of Gardner.
Responding to the charges that have been brought against them Patricia McCloskey said, “In a quiet neighborhood you think you have a right to defend yourself and your family, and it is shocking that we are still having the fallout and we’re being pursued. And we will have years of having this follow us.”
“The lack of law and order and lawlessness is something which is out of control in this country now. But I think they are just protecting themselves,” Mark added.
“This is a prosecutor who has a remarkably low prosecution rate, a remarkably low conviction rate, and I think she is just trying to make an example out of anybody who is willing to stand up against inherent violence and lawlessness in St. Louis,” Mark said.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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