A major standoff is about to take place in the state of Missouri. The district attorney of St. Louis County, Kimberly Gardner, is filing charges against a couple who looked to defend their home in the midst of the protests. Mark and Patricia McCloskey are facing felony and misdemeanor charges because of their willingness to display weaponry to protesters in their yard.
Gardner realizes the political implications of this decision and that’s probably why she is suggesting a diversion program for the couple. She knows that it would be a political quagmire if they were to end up in jail. However, she is insisting that the couple be charged with a crime and claiming that the law forced her hand.
Felony unlawful use of a weapon charges have been filed. They were also asked to forfeit the weapons once a warrant was issued for their arrest. We’re sure that they never expected the media firestorm that they found themselves in. All they tried to do was protect themselves and this is how they are repaid for it.
“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force, this type of conduct is unacceptable in St. Louis,” said Gardner. The couple is being offered a deal that will allow them to avoid trial, though.
Citizens shouldn’t be targeted for exercising their #2A right to self-defense
STL prosecutor Kim Gardner is engaged in a political prosecution
As AG I’m entering the case seeking a dismissal & defend all Missourians’ right to protect their lives/property pic.twitter.com/kQLXOAhFIz
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) July 20, 2020
There will not be a conviction record for the couple, either. First time offenders are often given these privileges when they have not committed any violent crimes in the past. “We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation will not be tolerated,” Gardner’s statement concludes.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is not happy with the decision and he was not about to let things slide. He reminded everyone that the protesters had made their way onto private property. At that point, all bets are off and people are going to have the right to defend themselves from what is taking place. You can’t expect people to sit back and wait for the worst to happen.
Americans have the right to self defense in these situations. Schmitt is simply making sure that these rights are not taken away by leftist leaders who are merely trying to curry favor with protesters. Schmitt is seeking a full dismissal of the charges, promising to protect the couple from the legal ramifications. He wants to make sure that all Missouri residents maintain their basic rights.
Yes, protecting your property is among those basic rights. Schmitt knows that their Second Amendment rights have been violated. “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,” said Schmitt in a statement that was provided to Fox News.
He is not going to stand idly by while the laws that govern his state are being ignored. The court systems are going to have a tough time with this case. We are unsure how this will turn out, if we are being 100 percent honest here. Both officials have the necessary jurisdiction here and the courts are going to have to decide between each of them. Neither side has precedence over the other at the moment.
The Attorney General and District Attorney have both been elected to their positions, so it’s not like either of these parties can claim that their opposition’s standings aren’t legitimate. The judge may or may not see enough evidence to bring the case to trial. Schmitt is filing the motion for political reasons but it is also the right thing to do. We eagerly await the outcome of these legal proceedings and wish this couple the best in their upcoming fight.