In an interview with a St. Louis radio station on Friday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he is keeping a close eye on the saga of Patricia and Mark McCloskey, the couple that went viral after they were recorded standing in front of their home armed with a handgun and a rifle, respectively.
The couple, who were defending their home from an unhinged army of Black Lives Matter protesters who had knocked down the neighborhood gate to trample through private property on their way to the mayor’s house, is now the target of St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner, who has all-but-confirmed that she will find a way to bring charges against them.
Last week, St. Louis police paid a visit to the McCloskeys, emerging with one of the firearms the couple used to ward off the protesters. In a later interview, Mark McCloskey said he’d heard a “rumor” that charges were coming soon.
In the interview, Gov. Parson said he would almost certainly pardon the couple if charges were brought against them.
“That’s exactly what would happen,” Parson said when asked if he would exercise his pardoning powers. “I don’t think they’re going to spend any time in jail.”
After the video of the McCloskeys went viral in June, prosecutor Gardner released a statement saying “we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights.”
She did not explain how breaking down a gate, trespassing on private property, and making violent threats against the residents of a posh neighborhood are actions that fall under the protection of the First Amendment.
“They did what they legally should do,” explained Gov. Parson. “A mob does not have the right to charge your property. They had every right to protect themselves.”
The Republican governor went further on Twitter, saying: “We will not allow law-abiding citizens to be targeted for exercising their constitutional rights.”
Hopefully, the fact that this case now has the attention of the Missouri governor, Republicans in Congress, and the U.S. Attorney General will convince Gardner to back off and slow her roll. If she wants to blather her woke nonsense in the local paper, that’s her right. But if she wants to bring charges against a couple for doing nothing more or less than defending their lives and their property, she’d better come to court loaded for bear. Social justice theories may play well on Twitter, but they don’t have any weight in a court of law.
Well, we hope that’s still the case, anyway…