Tuesday, August 11, 2020

In St. Louis, a Person’s Home Is Their Castle – Until It Isn’t

Imagine you’re sitting at home, enjoying dinner when a sudden “crash” gets your attention. Looking out the window you see hundreds of demonstrators pouring through the wreckage of a gate that blocked the public’s access to the private community in which you live.

What do you do? Do you hide in fear or do you take steps to defend yourself and your property? You have only moments to decide if you are in imminent danger in an atmosphere charged by continual news reports of violent personal assaults in cities through America following the death of a man in Minnesota at the hands of the Minneapolis police.

If you’re in fear, as a St. Louis couple named Mike and Patricia McCloskey were several weeks ago, you might grab your guns and head out the door, determined to protect what’s yours from the mob. And if you do, as the McCloskey’s did, you might find yourself in a mess of trouble.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who’s one of the new breed of progressives elected to office over the last four years, charged the McCloskey’s with the crime of brandishing their weapons in a threatening manner as the protestors approached their home (RELATED: The Most Insane Reactions to the Riots).

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in a nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force,” said Gardner, who reportedly had the backing of billionaire progressive George Soros’ political machine during her run for the office she now holds.

If it has come to this, where the protestors rule the streets and law-abiding citizens are at risk, then we are all in trouble. It used to be that man or woman’s home as their castle. Indeed, Missouri is one of those states with a “castle doctrine” on the books making it legal to use deadly force in defense of your life and home. Gardner, however, doesn’t care. She has other fish to fry and must appease the mob that put her in office. In this way, she brings to mind the infamous Lavrentiy Beria, the onetime head of Stalin’s dreaded NKVD who famously encapsulated his view of justice by saying “If you show me the man I’ll find you the crime.”

If it were not for the sensibility of other Missouri politicians, the McCloskey’s might find themselves in a kind of Kafkaesque nightmare. GOP Gov. Mike Parsons has promised to pardon them if they’re convicted while state Attorney General Eric Schmitt moved Monday to have the charges vacated. Sanity still reigns, at least in other parts of the state.

St. Louis, meanwhile, has been given over to the mob which, as we’ve seen in other cities like Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Louisville, and New York is calling the shots while the politicians bow and scrape, trying to pass them off as the vanguard of another “Summer of Love.”

Given what they and the rest of us had seen on TV and our social media, the McCloskey’s had every right to be afraid for their lives and the security of their property. The protestors, who once confronted wisely decided to move along, threatened to burn down their house and harm their dog who, it should be noted, was at the time outside. Standing up to threats like that is the American way while throwing rocks through windows, setting fire to fast-food establishments and federal courthouses, looting superstores, and beating small business owners with two-by-fours are just the kind of things we expect the police to protect us from.

Right now, they can’t do that – at least not in some of the nation’s biggest cities. The politicians who run them, most of whom are Democrats, won’t back them up if they do. And that’s a sad commentary on the situation in America today. In some places the lawbreakers are in charge while the local politicians impotently posture, hoping probably that things don’t get out of control and that they don’t lose votes because of it.

What we’re seeing from these people, the politicians I mean, is moral cowardice at its most contemptible. We’re fortunate things have not gotten worse or spread farther. The idea we have an inherent right to defend ourselves and our property is basic to our concept of what America is. The progressives who would take away that right, and who would prefer to have us living in fear of the mob are trying to take the nation in the wrong direction. Those who remain silent are complicit in their efforts to undo much of what is best about this country which, while far from perfect, is founded on ideas of equality and rule of law that remain mankind’s best hope for a better future.

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Peter Roff
Peter Roff
Peter Roff is affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations and is a former U.S. News and World Report contributing editor who appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. He can be reached by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
20 days ago

Wheres the NRA, USCCA, 2AF, NGOA legal team to aid McCloskeys?
It can Happen to OUR Homes 2
Must remedy
& wheres the state troopers?

Carole Rule
Carole Rule
19 days ago

They acted according to the 2nd Amendment to protect their lives and property. If this is taken away from them we are next.

Donna Pecoraro
Donna Pecoraro
16 days ago

The love of money is the root of all evil today! Recognize that?
Why on earth have they NOT arrested Soros, better yet the mayor’s of these cities for TAKING BRIBES! Soros funds all local and city governments and has been for a while now, his mission? To change our court system to liberal values! Isn’t bribery a crime? I though no one is above the law? Democrats are racist hypocrites!

Jay
Jay
15 days ago
Reply to  Donna Pecoraro

U are so right. I cant believe it either. Not only from Soros but China and Russia. You would think Americans be outraged by this. Seeing politicians become multi millionaires overnite. Arrest and seize all their assets. They blatantly doing it out in open.

JIM
16 days ago

We will never be safe again until we eliminate the problem. The problem is the democrat party that has gone berserk. Hopefully we can correct this at the polls in November.

Randy Heasley
Randy Heasley
16 days ago

If one listened to Joe Biden, they should have walked out the door and fired a shotgun blast into the air!

Jan Williams
16 days ago

Obviously Kim Gardner is a complete idiot and guilty of wanting to be politically correct instead of showing evidence of having a brain. Perhaps Kim Gardner needs to go to Oz and see The Wizard and ask for one.

Rivahmitch
Rivahmitch
15 days ago

Americans will not be safe until we exterminate all communist minions… Kim Gardner stands as one example.

Papa Bear
Papa Bear
15 days ago
Reply to  Rivahmitch

I spent 3 yrs. of my life 1966,67,68, having a little disagreement with people who believed in the concept of the human ant hill. Never thought I may have to have that same type of disagreement here at home. However to paraphrase a minute man at Concord/Lexington If they mean to have a war let it start now. More better I have to fight them than my Grandchildren!!

David Byrne
David Byrne
15 days ago

Soros picture should be on a poster titled “WANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE”

JohnS
JohnS
15 days ago

I fault both the Supreme Court and the Justice Department for this. She is just a useful idiot for the well funded nihilists. The 2nd Amendment is the law of the land and states cannot change the fundamental meaning of what it says. While they can draft laws pertaining to those that are dangerous and incapable of ownership and use, they cannot change the rights of all.

When the courts step around this, refuse to hear lawsuits, and ignore violation of rights we have in essence lost all rights. These rights were never meant to be a menu to pick and chose what you like, modify to your agenda, or remove. Read the words and understand the grammar in which the founders were well educated, unlike so many politicians and citizens; “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” We can well understand that regardless of the notation to an armed militia, the portion says this is the right of the people where people have already been defined by the writers and the Supreme Court to mean ALL the people in America. However, it goes even deeper as we shall see.

Grammatically this is a compound sentence separated by a comma. In such writing the part before the comma is the dependent clause and cannot stand alone (it does not have the sentence elements that is needed) and needs to depend on something else. The wording after the clause is the independent clause and is a complete sentence and explanation in itself, it needs no further elements to express its meaning. The dependent clause could be anything without changing the meaning of the independent clause. It could say: in order to hunt, in order to use for sport, in order to protect your home, etc.. Let’s be clear, it is the independent clause that gives us the right to keep (possess) and bear (carry on person) arms. And to counteract the worst excuse made by those looking to eviscerate this amendment we need look no further than what they claim, it applies only to the militia.

The Amendment DOES NOT inhibit future arms development, and the founders were well aware of the increasing knowledge and progress in all phases of technology. If this is foolishly interpreted by the ignorant and anti-gun groups it, by their interpretation, would apply to the militia like it does to the people since the people were the militia.

Robert
Robert
15 days ago

Now why is someone or anyone defending those that broke the law, now as any judge will tell you it is your responsibility to know the law so you can follow it. Now the Constitution says you can keep and bear arms, that is correct, but it does not say you have a right to threaten anyone with those arms, especially unarmed persons, and most states cover that in the laws within their state laws. Now it was not the protesters who filed charges against the people it was the police accompanying the protesters, they also said no gate was torn down simply opened and walked through, like anyone else would do, and along with that the police said that people who do not live there go around the development all the time. Some are taking this gated community to extremes, when in fact there was no gate on the roadway just an entrance with the name of the community on it.

Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
15 days ago

The pervasive lack of leadership & ‘faulty moral compass’ mostly on the left is very evident…keep voting demon(c)rats into office and it’s only a matter of time, before they ‘flush you down the toilet-bowl’…

Richard L Cousins
15 days ago

I do not like lawyers. Most are crooks. McCloskeys might be biggest AH’s around. They did have their rights violated by Circuit Attorney Gardner. Gardner is a racist and has no business being in any government possession.

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