St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Guns At Protesters To Speak At GOP Convention
The St. Louis homeowners who pointed their guns at protesters earlier this summer are slated to speak at the upcoming Republican National Convention, according to CNN.
- Patricia and Mark McCloskey “drew national attention in late June after they were seen in a viral video brandishing guns outside their mansion at protesters walking on a private street en route to demonstrate outside the St. Louis mayor's residence,” the outlet reported.
- Mark McCloskey could be seen holding a long rifle and Patricia McCloskey a handgun in video of the incident.
- Demonstrators had taken to the streets in June “protesting Mayor Lyda Krewson's decision to publish the names and addresses of people in favor of police reform.”
- CNN reported that “Portland Place, the private street where the McCloskeys live, is near Krewson's home.”
- According to local reporter Daniel Shular, who took one of the videos that day, said the entire scene unfolded in about 10 minutes. Per CNN, “About 500 protesters were cutting through Portland Place, according to Shular, to bypass road closures nearby that blocked access to the mayor's home.”
"A door next to the gate at Portland Place was unlocked and protesters went through it to cut through the neighborhood to get to Krewson's house," he told CNN.
That's when Shular says the McCloskeys came out of the house with the firearms. At one point in Shular's 31-second video, Patricia McCloskey points the handgun in the direction of protesters. In multiple videos, it appears the McCloskeys and protesters exchange words, but it is unclear what is said.
- Mark McCloskey claimed he was "in imminent fear they would run me over, kill me."
- He told CNN at the time: "I was a person scared for my life, protecting my wife, my home, my hearth, my livelihood. I was a victim of a mob that came through the gate.”
- "The Missouri couple was charged in July with unlawful use of a weapon, a class E felony," according to the report.
CNN reported that other speakers at the convention included “former Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, Andrew Pollack, the father of Parkland shooting victim Meadow Pollack, anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Pennsylvania congressional candidate Sean Parnell.”