A couple from St. Louis, Missouri, who made nationwide headlines in late June for pointing their guns in self defense at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home, spoke on the first night at the Republican National Convention calling for President Donald Trumps reelection.
“At this moment in history, if you stand up for yourself and for the values our country was founded on, the mob—spurred on by their allies in the media—will try to destroy you,” Mark McCloskey said.
“Youve seen us on your TV screens and Twitter feeds. You know were not the kind of people who back down. Thankfully, neither is Donald Trump,” he added. “President Trump will defend the God-given right of every American to protect their homes and their families.”
“When we dont have basic safety and security in our communities, we will never be free to build a brighter future for ourselves, for our children, and for our country,” Patricia McCloskey said. “Thats whats at stake in this election. And thats why we must reelect Donald Trump.”
The McCloskeys were charged in July for “unlawful use of a weapon” after they brandished guns at BLM protesters in self defense outside their home in late June, saying that they were in fear for their lives. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson called the charges “outrageous” and said he would “without a doubt” pardon the couple if they are convicted.
In remarks to the RNC late Monday, the couple spoke in support of the Second Amendment—to keep and bear arms—while warning of the potential threat to that freedom posed by Democrats.
“America is such a great country that you not only have the right to own a gun and use it to defend yourself, but thousands of Americans will offer you free advice on how to use it. At least thats what we experienced,” Patricia McCloskey said. “But in all seriousness, what you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to any of you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country.”
Mark McCloskey said that “it seems as if Democrats no longer view the governments job as protecting honest citizens from criminals, but rather protecting criminals from honest citizens.” He said that Democrats have called for defunding the police, ending cash bail “so criminals can be released back out on the streets the same day to riot again,” and encouraging anarchy on the streets.
“Not a single person in the out-of-control mob you saw at our house was charged with a crime. But you know who was? We were. Theyve actually charged us with a felony for daring to defend our home,” he said.
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He added, without mentioning any names, that on the day when the couple used guns to defend themselves, that “the Marxist liberal activist leading a mob to our neighborhood stood outside of our home with a bullhorn screaming, You cant stop the revolution!'”
“Just weeks later, that same activist won the Democrat nomination to hold a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Mark said. “The radicals are not content just marching in the streets. They want to walk the halls of Congress. They want power. This is Joe Bidens party. These are the people who will be in charge.”