Prosecutor Demands that Court Suspend Law Licenses of Missouri Gun-Toting Couple

A prosecutor in Missouri is seeking the suspension of the law licenses of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who defended their home against a Black Lives Matter mob in June of 2020, according to ABC News.

The demand was made in a court filing by Missouri Chief Disciplinary Counsel Alan Pratzel, who claimed that the couple demonstrated an “indifference to public safety” and “moral turpitude” during the incident.

During the race riots over the course of the year, a mob of Black Lives Matter members smashed the gate leading into the gated community where the McCloskeys and others lived. They then marched across the McCloskeys’ lawn, and eventually began shouting threats at the house’s occupants, including threats to burn the house down and kill their dog.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey then emerged from their home, each brandishing a gun; Mark held a rifle while Patricia held a handgun, and they ordered the mob to leave. The encounter was filmed by several members of the riot, and although heated words were exchanged, no one approached the McCloskeys and no shots were fired.

Despite successfully defending their home, numerous Democratic officials baselessly accused them of committing a crime and demanded charges against them. They eventually faced charges of “unlawful use of a weapon,” brought against them by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a prosecutor backed by George Soros. Gardner was eventually dismissed from the case by a judge after she used her prosecution of the couple in campaign literature and donation-soliciting materials.

The couple ultimately pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, with Mark accepting a misdemeanor “fourth-degree assault” charge and Patricia taking a misdemeanor “harassment” charge. They paid fines of $750 and $2,000, respectively, and were ordered to hand over their guns to the state to be destroyed.

Although they were eventually pardoned by Governor Mike Parson (R-Mo.), Pretzel claimed in his filing that “the guilt remains.”

The couple gained national fame and widespread support from regular American citizens as a result of their stand. Mark McCloskey is currently running for the United States Senate seat in Missouri, which will be vacated next year by the retiring Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).


About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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