By: Ashleigh Meyer
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, resident homeowners of a sprawling estate in a Central West End private neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, armed themselves and stood guard outside their home as a large crowd of protesters filled the streets, shouting chants on their way to the city mayor’s home.
Moments before the husband and wife, who are both St. Louis attorneys, took to standing guard on their front lawn, protesters had breached an iron gate, disregarding the “No Trespassing” signs clearly in place to keep non-residents out of the private community. Their destination was the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson, who earlier in the week released a statement issuing the names and addresses of city residents who supported defunding the police department. Since the statement was issued, protesters have been demanding her resignation.
Armed with a pistol and what appears to possibly be an AR-15, the couple can be seen shouting back at protesters as they pass by the residence. While Mr. McCloskey appears to keep his rifle pointed away from the protesters (though he sometimes accidentally points it at his wife), Ms. McCloskey is not afraid to point the business end of her pistol at the crowd, trigger finger at the ready.
A couple pointed guns at protesters in their neighborhood in #StLouis, #Missouri.— Geovanny Vicente-Romero (@GeovannyVicentR) June 29, 2020
The first step to protests turning into armed conflict. Gives us perspective on why it’s so hard to pass #GunControl, and who doesn’t want it.
Via @xshularx @LydaKrewson pic.twitter.com/Dr62pCFoW4
In an interview with KMOV-TV, Mark McCloskey spoke about the incident, expressing that his family feared for their life when the protesters broke down the gate and poured into the neighborhood as they were eating dinner on their patio.
McCloskey spoke out about the incident, saying:
“This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned, and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob… There were, I don’t know how many people there were, a tremendous number of people, all angry, all shouting, all coming towards us.”
As protests have continued for the better part of a month, some of which have quickly turned violent and destructive, tension continues to mount in cities like St. Louis. People are fired up, residents are anxious about their safety, and large crowds feel extremely passionate about their cause. It is not unreasonable that the McCloskeys feared for their safety and the security of their very impressive estate. Some firearms training would benefit them both, without a doubt, and we can be grateful that no one was hurt during the incident. It appears that protesters never actually stepped onto the McCloskeys’ private property.
Mayor Krewson issued an apology after airing the names of individuals calling for police defunding. She wrote in a Facebook post:
"I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today. While this is public information, I did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone. The post has been removed."
The apology does not appear to have done her any good, as many citizens still demand her resignation. Later in the KMOV-TV interview, Mark McCloskey stated:
“It's interesting to me that the very people that are asking the mayor to resign for doxxing people have now put all my information all over the web, all over the world. Is there some hypocrisy there? Maybe I'm missing something.”
Mr. McCloskey makes a point.
Ashleigh Meyer is a professional writer, and Conservative political journalist from rural Virginia.