Saint Louis police executed a search warrant at the home of the McCloskeys, an area couple that became the target of national attention after defending their property from a mob of trespassing Black Lives Matter rioters while armed.
Mark McCloskey confirmed with Todd Starnes that the police confiscated the AR-15 rifle he used during the heated confrontation with the trespassing rioters, although the couple hasn’t been charged with any crime. Left-wing Soros-funded Saint Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner has vowed to punish the couple in some capacity for daring to stand against the political intimidation of the Black Lives Matter mob, who have been wrongly identified as peaceful protestors.
“We complied with the search warrant. They took my AR,” Mark McCloskey told Todd Starnes. “I’m absolutely surprised by this.”
It’s totally unclear on what legal grounds the Saint Louis police confiscated the couple’s rifle, considering they have not been charged or convicted of any crimes for the standoff, which ended peacefully after the couple did little more than stand on their own property and urge rioters to disperse.
The Black Lives Matter rioters have returned to the area of the McCloskey residence to engage in political intimidation since the original confrontation, and the street riot movement may now be emboldened to know that the couple has been disarmed on seemingly arbitrary grounds by the Saint Louis police.
However, it doesn’t seem there’s anything to stop the McCloskeys from merely acquiring a new rifle in the wake of the constitutionally dubious gun seizure.
Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse
At this Time, Conservatives Cannot Afford to be Timid
Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer, posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail.
In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”
This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.
Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”
She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”
The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”
Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”
Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”
At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.
It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks.
Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?
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