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.
POLL: National Support for Gun Control Plummets Amid 2020 Coronavirus, Crime Surge, Race Riots
Support for this leftist policy is declining.
A new poll from Rasmussen Reports reveals that nationwide support for gun control has plummeted during 2020, with only 52% of Americans describing their support for “stricter gun control laws” this year. An identical poll in 2019 revealed that 64% of Americans supported stricter gun control in 2019, with 12% changing their position this year.
The Rasmussen poll also reveals that Americans who were already gun owners have armed themselves in increasing fashion this year. A massive 27% of Americans who already have guns in their house have bought at least one new one in the last six months, showing that the nation’s existing population of gun owners has become even more resolute in their support of the Second Amendment.
The chaotic events of 2020 have proved sufficient to fuel what many have identified as the greatest “panic buy” of firearms and ammunition in American history, with sales records being routinely crushed on a monthly basis by US gun buyers. Concerns largely related to coronavirus, nationwide race riots, and an increase in violent crime have led in great part to millions of first-time gun owners in the country, with women and citizens of liberal states such as California executing their rights to gun ownership in a manner never previously seen.
Major firearm and ammunition retailers continue to regularly sell out of their inventory, unable to meet the massive demand for guns. Production halts in gun and ammo manufacturing have also played a crucial role in eroding inventories, with coronavirus halting the supply chain for metals such as copper.
More than 1,000 Americans across the country were surveyed for the Rasmussen poll.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has consistently reiterated his support for strict gun control measures, advocating for an outright ban of so-called “assault weapons” owned by tens of millions of Americans.
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