After a George Soros-backed prosecutor in St. Louis filed charges Monday against 2nd-Amendment patriots Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the state’s attorney general moved to dismiss them while denouncing the “political prosecution.”
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt confirmed that the pair—both personal injury attorneys—were protected under the state’s Castle Doctrine when rioters broke into their gated community en route to protest the city’s mayor.
“The right to keep and bear arms is given the highest level of protection in our constitution and our laws, including the Castle Doctrine,” Schmitt said in a statement, according to Fox News. “This provides broad rights to Missourians who are protecting their property and lives from those who wish to do them harm.”
The law echoes other legal battles waged by anti-gun activists, such as the precursor to what later became Black Lives Matter activism during the Obama era: the prosecution of Florida gun owner George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Martin, a black teenager, had been trespassing late at night when he was confronted by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch designee and legal gun owner.
After a fight ensued, in which Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, he cited the state’s “stand your ground” defense and was ultimately acquitted.
More recently, a gun owner in Albuquerque, New Mexico—Steven Baca—has been harassed by another Soros-backed prosecutor following the shooting of a apparent-knife-wielding assailant during an Antifa-led protest.
Over-reaching Bernalillo County district attorney Raul Torrez was forced to dismiss his initial assault charge after the police investigation pointed to Baca’s likely protection under state self-defense statutes.
At the time of the shooting, video showed, Baca already had been knocked to the ground by a skateboard attack and was being surrounded by several mask-wearing assailants who had made death threats against him.
Like the Albuquerque case—and many other cases nationwide with Soros’s fingerprints on them—the St. Louis authority entrusted to uphold the law, prosecutor Kim Gardner, appears not only to have ignored the law, but possibly to have violated it herself by targeting the McCloskeys for engaging in legal behavior.
In spite of the clear provisions of the state’s Castle Doctrine, which grants citizens the right to defend against intruders in their own home, “Circuit Attorney Gardner filed suit against the McCloskeys, who, according to published reports, were defending their property and safety,” Schmitt said in his statement.
“As Missouri’s Chief law enforcement officer, I won’t stand by while Missouri law is being ignored,” he added.
Additionally, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., last week called on Gardner to be investigated by the Justice Department for her apparent abuse of power.
Gardner has a history of making similarly controversial prosecutorial decisions—including a refusal to charge any of those arrested for violence, theft and vandalism during the recent race riots.
In addition to Schmitt’s move to drop the case and Hawley’s call to probe the prosecutor, the McCloskeys have received other support from high places that would ensure, if nothing else, a pardon.
Both Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and President Donald Trump have declared they back the law-abiding citizens over the tyrannical elected official.
Kim Gardner’s action toward the McCloskeys is outrageous.
Even worse, the Circuit Attorney’s office has admitted there is a backlog of cases and dozens of homicides that haven’t been prosecuted, yet she has accelerated this case forward.
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) July 20, 2020