The Saint Louis couple that became nationally known after an armed standoff with a mob of trespassing Black Lives Matter rioters has been criminally charged for their actions in the incident, with Soros-funded Saint Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner charging both Mark and Patricia McCloskey with felony unlawful use of a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault.
The McCloskeys had exited their home late last month to confront a mob of rioters who had broken through a gate to the couple’s private community. The rioters are caught on camera trespassing not only in the neighborhood, but walking across the McCloskey property. Mark McCloskey, who was holding a rifle when he confronted the rioters, has recounted that the mob was waving loaded pistol magazines at the couple. His wife, Patricia McCloskey, appeared to also be holding a gun, but the couple has since confirmed that the item in question was a movie prop.
“Today my office filed charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey following an incident involving peaceful, unarmed protesters on June 28th. It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force, this type of conduct is unacceptable in St. Louis,” announced Gardner. The elected Democrat has consistently dropped criminal charges against left-wing rioters arrested for real property and violent crimes, raising questions as to why she sees it appropriate to criminally charge a couple who did little more than wield a weapon on the premises of their own property.
1/ Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner – Today my office filed charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey following an incident involving peaceful, unarmed protesters on June 28th. Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/zPucQ3MHs5
— Circuit Attorney (@stlcao) July 20, 2020
Gardner also suggested that she would be willing to allow the McCloskeys to participate in a diversion program of sorts, raising questions as to her resolve to prosecute the case against the couple within the court system.
Law enforcement had earlier executed a search warrant at the McCloskey residence, where they confiscated the couple’s AR-style rifle.
However, Missouri Governor Mike Parson has predicted the McCloskeys will receive a pardon in the case that they’re adjudicated guilty in any form, either from himself or from President Donald Trump.
“NFAC” Militia Leader Grand Master Jay Shows His Pitiful Knowledge of Firearms
This was laughable.
The leader of the black nationalist “Not F****** Around Coalition,” self-titled “Grand Master Jay,” (real name John Fitzgerald Johnson) demonstrates a poor knowledge of firearms in a new video of the militia leader.
The NFAC is a black militia group that actively supports secession from the United States, and has engaged in several armed protests for purposes of political intimidation. The group went viral for an armed march at Stone Mountain, Georgia, in which they hailed and hassled motorists.
Twitter user and firearms enthusiast @LouisvilleGun published the video of Grand Master Jay on Wednesday morning, in which he makes a series of false claims about an AR-15 style rifle.
Leader of the “Not F****** Aroind Coalition” shows off his firearms expertise. Remember, he’s a “highly trained shooter.” pic.twitter.com/bPUKdxPRRO
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) July 29, 2020
First, the Grand Master makes the claim that the AR-15 rifle he’s holding is a “bullpup.” A bullpup rifle’s magazine is placed behind its trigger group in proximity to the shooter. An AR rifle is not a bullpup rifle.
Johnson calls the rifle an “XR-15 shorty,” and claims that he bought the gun in 1990 in Germany. Firearms imported from Germany aren’t unheard of in American civilian ownership, but the rifle looks much more like an American-made Colt AR rifle.
Jay then goes on to demonstrate closing the caught bolt of the rifle by applying force to the stock. But he falsely claims that such an action will fire a live round from the rifle, when in reality it’ll just place a round in the chamber. Only the trigger can fire the rifle. Johnson also says this form of negligent discharge can happen when the safety is activated.
Perhaps most strangely, the militia leader goes on to claim that recruits in basic training for the armed services accidentally kill themselves on the regular through setting off that exact form of impossible negligent discharge and shooting themselves in the head. There’s no reason to believe that has ever happened, and if it did, it would almost assuredly be a major scandal leading to scrutiny of the military’s training practices.
An armed protestor of the NFAC shot three of his own demonstrators through a negligent discharge at a recent Louisville, Kentucky event. Maybe Grand Master Jay should’ve taught him more fundamental gun safety instead of incorrectly teaching that you can fire an AR-15 merely by closing the bolt of the rifle with a loaded magazine.
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