Insane Prosecutor Brings Charges Against St. Louis Couple for Defending Home

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To the great disgrace of herself, her office, the legal profession, and the nation, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner made good on her word this week when she announced that Mark and Patricia McCloskey will be charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon.

The couple experienced a moment of viral fame last month when pictures of them standing in front of their home armed with a rifle and handgun, respectively, made the rounds throughout social media. The subject of intense mockery from Black Lives Matter supporters, the couple was nonetheless completely in the right. They were defending their home from an unhinged mob of protesters who had smashed a gate to enter private property. If that’s an “unlawful use of a weapon,” then something is terribly wrong with the law.

But of course, the problem isn’t with the law, it is with those responsible for enforcing it. In this case, it’s Gardner, who has allowed her woke instincts to usurp her fidelity to the law. She wants to put on a performance for the BLM mob and the Antifa anarchists instead of just doing her job. To these extent these protesters were in danger, it is danger they brought upon themselves when they broke into private property and began hurling violent threats at the residents who lived in this neighborhood. The McCloskeys stood calmly out front and issued a warning: Come after us, and you’ll get what you have coming.

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis,” Gardner said in a statement.

Gardner, who originally spoke of the protesters’ “First Amendment rights” in the aftermath of the incident, has already changed her story. It is obviously a tough hill to climb to pretend that an unruly mob is protected by the First Amendment when they are trespassing, destroying property, and hurling threats. So now she’s going to try and get the McCloskeys with a weapons charge. Just this little bait-and-switch is all the proof you need to know that Gardner is pursuing a political agenda that has nothing to do with enforcing the law.

And Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt knows it. Within hours of Gardner’s announcement, he filed a brief with the court that seeks to have the charges thrown out.

“The right to keep and bear arms is given the highest level of protection in our Constitution and our laws, including the Castle Doctrine, which provides broad rights to Missourians who are protecting their property and lives from those who wish to do them harm,” Schmitt said. “Despite this, Circuit Attorney Gardner filed suit against the McCloskeys, who, according to published reports, were defending their property and safety. As Missouri’s Chief law enforcement officer, I won’t stand by while Missouri law is being ignored.”

It’s good to know that there are still legal professionals in the Missouri government who are actually concerned with upholding the law. It’s a damn shame that Kim Gardner isn’t among them.