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Mark and Patricia McCloskey went viral in late June after they stood outside their home with guns while Black Lives Matter protesters came through their neighborhood.
Soon after pictures and videos of the Missouri couple went viral, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner — a Democrat-backed by George Soros — launched an investigation into the couple.
Soon after that, Garder charged the couple because they dared to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Now, the Missouri Attorney General is dropping the charges.
From The Lion Times:
One of Missouri’s top legal advisers will end a controversial lawsuit against a St. Louis couple who allegedly showed anti-police protesters they were armed.
Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt is intervening in state Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s legal action against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, for brandishing a rifle.
The McCloskeys took up arms when extreme “anarchist” demonstrators gathered outside their home on June 28. The weapon was confiscated after the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department searched the property.
Schmitt released a video on Twitter making the announcement.
“As Missouri’s chief law enforcement officer, I simply will not stand by while Missouri laws are being ignored. That is why I am entering the case in terms of seeking the dismissal of the case to protect the rights of Missourians to defend themselves in their property under Missouri’s castle doctrine,” Schmitt said.
“The right to keep and bear arms is given the highest level of protection in the Missouri Constitution and their laws, which I am charged for protecting,” Schmitt said.
“This includes the Missouri castle doctrine, which provides broad rights for Missourians to protect and defend their personal safety, and property against those who wish to do them harm,” Schmitt added.
“The shameless circuit attorney filed suit against a St. Louis couple who, according to published reports, say they were doing just that–defending the safety of their property,” Schmitt continued.
“A political prosecution, such as this one, would have a chilling effect on Missourians exercising their right to self-defense. The law of Missouri is clear and must be protected … enough is enough,” he added.
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
It has been clear for a while that this was nothing more than a political attack on the McCloskey family.
Earlier this month, Republican Gov. Mike Parson said President Donald Trump had been asking him about the case and suggested he may personally get involved to help the McCloskey family.
While speaking to reporters, Parson said Trump told him “he would do everything he could within his powers to help with this situation.”
He later said he was “thankful that [Trump’s] going to stand up for people and their legal rights.”
Parson said that Trump “understands the situation in St. Louis and how out of control it is for a prosecutor to let violent criminals off and not do their job and try to attack law-abiding citizens.”
“I think the president and the attorney general of the United States are going to take a look at it,” Parson said. “The president doesn’t like what he’s seeing and the way these people are being treated. I know the attorney general was represented on that phone call today, so I think you’ll see some sort of actions. I think they’re going to look into things.”
Parson, a former law enforcement officer, said the McCloskey’s were exercising their rights under the doctrine to protect their property when protesters came through their neighborhood.