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June 20, 2021
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Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who were facing felony charges for brandishing rifles to warn off protesters who were trespassing on their property and threatening them, agreed to plead guilty to much-lesser misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and second-degree harassment, respectively. They have to pay fines of $750 and $2,000, and relinquish the two rifles, but they will serve no jail time.

https://www.westernjournal.com/mccloskeys-plead-guilty-come-swinging-fiery-statement-god/

Mark McCloskey took it as a victory and remained defiant, saying, “The prosecutor dropped every charge except for alleging that I purposely placed other people in imminent risk of physical injury, right, and I sure as heck did… That’s what the guns were there for and I’d do it again any time the mob approaches me…In other words, I stood out on the porch with my rifle and made them back up. And that’s what I’d do again. If that’s a crime in Missouri, by G** I did it, and I’d do it again.”

As the story notes, many people, including Gov. Mike Parson, don’t think it’s a just settlement, and you can add me to that. The McCloskeys did nothing wrong, and they shouldn’t have to pay a cent in fines, give up their guns or have anything on their records. They merely showed weapons (didn’t fire them or even point them at anyone) to protect themselves from threatening trespassers. They were well within their Second Amendment rights to do so. If anyone should have faced charges, it was the trespassers. But in blue cities, up is now down, left is right, and criminals are let go while citizens and cops are prosecuted. It’s the New Abnormal.

The story says that Gov. Parson is “evaluating the situation.” I don’t know what he can do, since they agreed to take the deal to end the legal harassment. But a good start would be to immediately expunge their misdemeanor criminal records.

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  • Sandra Olivier LeBlanc

    06/21/2021 08:36 PM

    Should not have been charged with anything. Is really unfair. What??? Supposed to wait till these people attacked them?? Is unreal!!

  • Michele Flicker

    06/21/2021 04:02 PM

    Governor Huckabee, you are so correct as usual and as usual very articulate.

  • Florence Toma

    06/21/2021 02:55 PM

    I agree that the McCloskeys should not be judged guilty in following the words of the Constitution. Even a judge would be in his rights to protect his family, his property and his neighbors. The fines and confiscation of their firearms is unjustly wrong.

  • Florence Toma

    06/21/2021 02:49 PM

    I totally agree that the McCloskeys shouldnt be guilty of anything, shouldnt have to pay any fines or relinquish their firearms. They did what even a judge would do to protect their lives, their neighbors lives and their property.

  • Lilia E Bleichwehl

    06/21/2021 12:01 PM

    THE MCCLOSKEYS DECIDED NOT TO BE THE VICTIMS, THE INVADERS SHOULD HAVE STAYED AWAY FROM THE PREMISES THREATENING THEM AND PROBABLY ARMED AS WELL. THE LAW SHOULD HAVE BEEN APPLIED ONLY TO THE PROTESTERS AND THE FINES NOT, UNLESS THEY DID NOT HAVE PERMITS WHICH IS DOUBTFUL THEY WOULD NOT HAVE IT. SOMETIMES THERE IS NOT TIME TO WAIT FOR THE POLICE AND THE DANGER MIGHT BE AT YOUR DOORSTEP. THEY GOT DIVINE HELP FOR IT BECAME JUST AN INCIDENT INSTEAD OF ANOTHER BLOODY MESS IN THE NEWS.

  • Connie James

    06/21/2021 09:22 AM

    This is just another reason we need a complete audit of the 25+ counties using Dominion voting systems in Missouri. How do we know that those persecuting this couple were legally re-elected if Dominion was used? Were they the same people that released violent looters without charges after being arrested? Why are criminals released and citizens legally defending themselves and their property charged? Who in their right mind would vote for the people releasing them?