Missouri AG moves to cancel charges against St. Louis MAGA’s

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20 Jul 2020, 10:02 pm

Missouri AG moves to dismiss charges against gun-toting St. Louis couple

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Missouri’s attorney general is moving to dismiss charges against a gun-wielding St. Louis couple who faced off against Black Lives Matter protesters last month — just hours after local prosecutors announced the charges.

State Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Monday that the “political prosecution” by Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner targeting Mark and Patricia McCloskey would have “a chilling effect on Missourians’ exercising the right to self-defense.”

“The right to keep and bear arms is given the highest level of protection in the Missouri constitution and our laws, which I am charged with protecting,” Schmitt said in a video posted to his Twitter page.

“And yet in the wake of radical calls to defund the police, and with rates of violent crimes skyrocketing each day, the St. Louis circuit attorney filed suit against a St. Louis couple who according to published reports were doing just that — defending the safety of their family and their property.”

“Enough is enough,” he said. “As Missouri’s chief law enforcement officer I simply will not stand by while a Missouri law’s being ignored. That’s why I’m entering this case and seeking dismissal of this case to protect the rights of Missourians to defend themselves and their property.”

The McCloskeys were caught on viral video on June 28 outside their palatial home in the city’s Central West End neighborhood, each holding a weapon while protestors marched down the private road.

The couple said they armed themselves because they feared for their safety.

But Gardner said Monday that she had filed felony weapons possession and fourth-degree assault charges against the pair, saying “it is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner” inside the city limits.

Schmitt, however, cited Missouri’s “Castle Doctrine,” a state law that allows residents to use physical force if they believe they or their property is being threatened, saying the statute authorized the McCloskeys “to protect and defend their personal safety and property.”

He said the state is in crisis, and maintained that the last thing it needs is a “divisive decision not based on the law.”


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21 Jul 2020, 12:22 am

Really? Really?


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21 Jul 2020, 9:03 am

These red states sure are making a mockery of any notion of responsible gun ownership. Those two had their guns aimed at the demonstrators, with their fingers inside the trigger guards, with poor aim and no firm grip on their weapons. That was reckless endangerment, pure and simple.



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21 Jul 2020, 6:21 pm

Glad to see the AG office has come to their senses.



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23 Jul 2020, 3:42 pm

Apuleius wrote:
These red states sure are making a mockery of any notion of responsible gun ownership. Those two had their guns aimed at the demonstrators, with their fingers inside the trigger guards, with poor aim and no firm grip on their weapons. That was reckless endangerment, pure and simple.


Yes they need proper training. I would of had my finger on the side finger rest the AR15 has. I would of had my gun pointed down with my hand on the forward vertical grip. I have a red sight designed the allows you acquire a target in a seconds with both eyes open. I would not have not aknowledge them at all but if they would have attacked me or my property it woukd have been on


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23 Jul 2020, 4:09 pm

Apuleius wrote:
These red states sure are making a mockery of any notion of responsible gun ownership. Those two had their guns aimed at the demonstrators, with their fingers inside the trigger guards, with poor aim and no firm grip on their weapons. That was reckless endangerment, pure and simple.


Just to clarify, the lady wasn't actually wielding a gun, that pea shooter was a prop used in a case (they're both lawyers).

As for the incident itself, the couple are well known agitators in their neighborhood. They've been involved in multiple frivolous lawsuits over the years, their own neighbors don't tend to like them because they threaten lawsuits for almost anything, and their law practice hasn't done so hot the last two years. They were looking for attention, and they got it by doing the new American standard: what's the most outrageous way I can break a societal norm?



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23 Jul 2020, 5:05 pm

The St. Louis prosecutor is wasting money prosecuting them.


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23 Jul 2020, 5:14 pm

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23 Jul 2020, 7:07 pm

Aristophanes wrote:
Apuleius wrote:
These red states sure are making a mockery of any notion of responsible gun ownership. Those two had their guns aimed at the demonstrators, with their fingers inside the trigger guards, with poor aim and no firm grip on their weapons. That was reckless endangerment, pure and simple.


Just to clarify, the lady wasn't actually wielding a gun, that pea shooter was a prop used in a case (they're both lawyers).

As for the incident itself, the couple are well known agitators in their neighborhood. They've been involved in multiple frivolous lawsuits over the years, their own neighbors don't tend to like them because they threaten lawsuits for almost anything, and their law practice hasn't done so hot the last two years. They were looking for attention, and they got it by doing the new American standard: what's the most outrageous way I can break a societal norm?


I have heard a rumour (may not be true) that it was a "real" gun, but that had been dis-assembled and re-asembled in such a way as to make it unfireable for use as evidence in a previous case. However, in order for the charges used, the gun had to be in working order and so an "assistant circuit attorney" had requested that it be dis-assembled and re-assembled by the police so that it was again able to be fired.

It will be interesting to see if they still want this to go to court in order to "clear their names", rather than having charges dropped.


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