A St. Louis, Missouri couple who went viral after pointing firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters who had broken into their gated neighborhood amid the heated George Floyd protests and riots in 2020 have been pardoned by Governor Mike Parson.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who were catapulted to national fame after the incident, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and harassment charges in June of this year and surrendered their weapons.
Although Mark McCloskey told the judge that he recognized he’d risked causing injury as he and his wife held their weapons on their front lawn, he also told reporters that he’d do the same thing again.
“And, by God, I did it,” he said of the charges. “That’s what the Second Amendment was there for … and I couldn’t say no to that one.”
“Any time the mob approaches me, I’ll do what I can to put them in imminent threat of physical injury because that’s what kept them from destroying my house and my family,” he also said.
The couple, who are personal injury attorneys and previously registered Democrats, were eating dinner in their home on June 28, 2020 when the mob descended on their property. Protesters could be heard shouting violent threats at them amid the confrontation.
Parson, a Republican, had indicated he would pardon the couple last year.
Mark McCloskey announced in May he is running for U.S. Senate. He and his wife gave remarks during the 2020 Republican National Convention, telling their story and touting the Republican Party’s commitment to preserving Second Amendment rights.
“As many of you know, Patty and I faced political prosecution for having the audacity to defend our lives and property from an angry mob,” Mark said in a statement following the pardon.
“Today we are incredibly thankful that Governor Mike Parson righted this wrong and granted us pardons. It was actually Governor Parson who, while serving as a State Senator, led the charge to pass the Castle Doctrine—guaranteeing Missourians the right to defend themselves with all necessary force.”
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