Brandishing a handgun and threatening people walking in front of your home is perfectly OK in the state of Missouri — at least for the governor and his friends.
Tim Fitzsimons of NBC News reported that Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is officially pardoning Patricia and Mark McCloskey, the husband and wife couple that made national headlines during the summer of 2020 when they stood on their front steps and repeatedly waved their firearms at dozens of Black Lives Matter protesters peacefully marching on the street in front of their home.
The McCloskeys, who ran a personal injury law practice for decades, were included among the 10 pardons and two commutations Parson announced on July 31.
According to Fitzsimons, “the couple was photographed and recorded brandishing a semiautomatic gun and a pistol at the peaceful protesters as they passed by their mansion in St. Louis in June 2020.”
Local authorities initially charged the couple with felonies for their actions, but they later pled guilty to misdemeanor charges in a deal made with prosecutors.
Shortly after news of the misdemeanor charges went public, Mark McCloskey also announced that he would soon be running for office, seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. senator from Missouri.
In an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, he said he decided to run after his encounter with the BLM protestors.
“God came knocking on my door last summer disguised as an angry mob, and it really did wake me up,” McCloskey said.
While her husband has been brushing up on his campaigning skills, Patricia has also embraced her newfound fame, speaking at the 2020 Republican National Convention and warning attendees of “radical” Democrats and BLM supporters who are desperate to immediately attempt to “abolish the suburbs altogether by ending single-family home zoning.”
When reporters asked Mark McCloskey about his actions that day, he repeatedly said he has no remorse and would happily “do it again.”