St. Louis, MO — America was fascinated on Monday morning to learn about power-couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey’s. The two had been in an incredible standoff with a mob of people who had broken down their gate and entered their private property.
Many seasoned gun owners cringed at the couple’s obvious lack of training. Still, this is exactly what the Second Amendment is about. You don’t have to be trained like a Navy SEAL. You just need to legally own a gun and have Stand Your Ground law. In Mark’s case, he had both.
On Monday, McCloskey did an interview to discuss what happened after he told the mob that broke onto his private property that they needed to leave. McCloskey reported that it was once he told the mob that they didn’t belong there that they became enraged.
The mob was marching to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house to demand her resignation.
Check out the video below. We’ve also transcribed nearly all of his comments below.
Read Mark’s comments here:
“We came back to the house. I don’t know what time it is, I’ve been up ever since. I’m a little, I’m a little blurry, but we were preparing dinner. We went out to the east patio, open porch that faces Kings highway on one side and Portland Place Drive on the south, and we’re sitting down for dinner. We heard all this stuff going on down on Maryland Plaza. And then the mob started to move up Kings highway, but it got parallel with the Kings highway gate on Portland Place,” Mark McCloseky said.
“Somebody forced the gate, and I stood up and announced that this is private property. Go back. I can’t remember in detail anymore. I went inside, I got a rifle. And when they … because as soon as I said this is private property, those words enraged the crowd,” he said.
A horde, an absolute horde came through the now-smashed down gate. Just coming right down at the house. My house….my east patio is forty feet from that drive. These people were right up in my face. Scared to death.
And then, um, we stood up. The only thing we said was, “This is private property, go back. Private property. Leave now.” At that point, everybody got enraged. People wearing body armor. One person pulled out loaded pistol magazine and clicked them together and said, “You’re next!”
By any definition, that’s a threat against the McCloskeys.
“We were threatened with our lives, threatened with a house being burned down, my office building being burned down, even our dog’s life being threatened. It was, it was about as bad as it can get,” McCloskey said.
It was, you know, I really thought it was storming the Bastille. We would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it. It was huge and frightening crowd and they broke in the gate and were coming at us.
Some people have claimed that the gate to his property was already broken. But of course, McCloskey said that was ridiculous. Considering the time and effort he and his wife put into rebuilding their home, it’s crazy to think they would have left an ugly eyesore like a broken gate on the edge of the property.
“Everything inside the Portland Place gate is private property. There is nothing public in Portland Place. Being inside that gate is like being in my living room. There is no public anything in Portland Place,” he said.
Since the event, he and his wife received death threats within minutes of the events that unfolded.
“You know, we were obviously upset. My wife doesn’t know anything about guns but she knows about being scared. And she grabbed a pistol and I had a rifle. And I was very careful. I didn’t point the rifle at anybody.
The only thing that stopped that stopped the crowd from approaching the house was when I had that rifle and I was holding it. It’s the only thing that stemmed the tide.
I can’t blame my wife for being terrified and for doing what she could to protect her life. It was, it was a horrible, horrible event.
And to call these people protestors, these are — I’ve lived in the city of St. Louis for 32 years. We were urban pioneers when we bought Portland Place in 1988. And we’ve done everything for 32 years to improve the neighborhood…and to keep this historic neighborhood going. And it’s very frustrating to see it get targeted.
Of course, we’ve been told by the press and by people….that they wanted to start targeting middle-class neighborhoods and upper class neighborhoods and uh…bring their revolution outside of the cities. We got an email from our trustees on Thursday that they were going to start doing this on Friday. And we were very worried about it.
When I drove to the office today, there’s spray painted on one of the boarded up buildings on Maryland Plaza, that ‘When we come to f*** stuff up, this isn’t going to stop us.’ It’s a revolution going on.”
Do Mark and his wife have any regrets about what happened?
I regret they broke in the gate, I can tell you that. I’ll say this. There is mayhem in the city every night and you never hear about it. There will be dozens of shootings, multiple deaths. No one seems to care about those black lives.
But , you know, when there is political capital to be made for somebody’s death, that death matters and no other life matter that I can see.
Mccloskey went on to detail his lifelong involvement in civil rights cases. He made it clear that he’s not totally some ‘extreme anti-Black Lives Matter guy.’
“I do these cases. I’ve been doing them for decades. I am not the enemy of people who really care about black lives. But I’m apparently the enemy of the terrorists and Marxists who are running this organization.”
What message would McCloskey send to those who say they were only peacefully protesting on that street?
“First of all, why are they protesting on Portland Place?…..They mayor doesn’t live there. And when they kick in the gate, when the first thing they do is destroy private property and they storm in angry and shouting and threatening, this isn’t a protest. Its’ a revolution. It’s an attempt to inflict terror. That’s the definition of terrorism,: to use force and violence to terrorize the population. And that’s what happened to me last night.
A Wake Up Call To Americans
What happened to the McCloskeys made the news because they were a rich couple in a very nice house in a very nice neighborhood. But the rest of us won’t make headlines like that.
When the chips were down, his money couldn’t save him or his wife. It was a gun. Americans who can’t pay for private security need to be fighting for their gun rights with everything they’ve got.
Because pretty soon, it could be all that stands between them and an angry mob.