This JOURNAL Article is based on one principal and one only- that being the right to bear arms for self-protection, protecting your family and the protection of your rightfully owned property.  Actually, I generally dislike an overly-litigious person or persons and see them as bullies using any shady advantage, they can find to win a fight.  Based on everything I could read these folks might very well fall into that category.  From what I have read I don't think I like them but -and with that said that's not the point…read on.  MM

Remember the couple, the McCloskey’s, from a significantly luxurious and gated neighborhood of St. Louis?  Well, they personally defended their home in June with arms that they held in their home? 

The couple told a national talk show host that they were preparing to sit down for dinner on their porch when "300 to 500 people” commenced to stormed their community locked gate.  The actual target was the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson, to demonstrate there.  The Black Lives Matter crowd was passing the McCloskeys' home, while heading down the street to Krewson’s home and stopped to have some mob fun.

The McCloskey’s tried to explain their position -based out of fear and the right to arm and defend one’s homestead -on that radio talk show.  Within days the story has taken an interesting twist.  Several local newspapers revealed that they are "extra litigious and apparently not well thought of for their quick to court actions over the years.  That is not the object of my commentary.

She and her husband Mark received national attention last month after the incident when they stood in their front yard of their home with a rifle and handgun as protester associated with the Black Lives Matter group broke into their gated community.

Now here is where I must use the well quoted “The inmates are running the asylum” line. Soon after the June incident, Kimberly Gardner, circuit attorney in St. Louis, announced that her office and the St. Louis Police Department would be conducting an investigation into the McCloskeys’ display of firearms, again in their own home.  

Apparently, the fact that they were defending their own property was of no consequence to circuit attorney Gardner and the ST. Louis PD.  

Here is My Opinion:  Frankly, had I seen a group of protesters heading my way, I would have reacted the same.  We do have the 2nd amendment constitutionally protected right to bear arms and protect what is ours. The crowd were very vocal and expressing animosity toward the couple.  Patricia McCloskey reported to the police "[They said] that they were going to kill us and they were going to come in there. They were going to burn down the house. They were going to be living in our house after I was dead, and they were pointing to different rooms and said, 'That’s going to be my bedroom and that’s going to be the living room and I’m going to be taking a shower in that room," she recalled.

Lest any reader starts tagging me as a racist let me be very clear.  The protesters could have been comprised of every shade of pink skin, they could have had Bibles and milk bottles in their hands.  But they didn't.  They had weapons of various impact.  Had they accosted my wife and I with veiled threats -it might have been the shortest “stand your ground” incident in history.  Two against 300 obviously wouldn’t lasted long BUT it would been my home, my domicle, my homestead I was protecting. 

Just a thought but what if the store owners in NYC, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Seattle had taken that approach?  Equal guns pointed from the inside out instead of only the other direction tends to level the playing field.  It might have been the shortest “stand your ground” incident too- but I have a feeling that is would have helped make the riots into one day affairs in the future.


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