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St. Louis McCloskeys Sue Photographer, Press Outlet Who Snapped and Distributed Infamous Photos

One of Greenblatt’s Infamous Photos:| Bill Greenblatt | UPI

St. Louis, MO — The left has tried to demonize Mark and Patricia McCloskey following their run in with ‘peaceful’ Black Lives Matter protestors who broke onto their property during a march on June 28th.  The now-famous pictures of the couple holding their guns in the face of a screaming mob have been seen worldwide.

It’s those exact pictures that Mark and Patricia McCloskey say have all but destroyed their life. In response to the photos viral usage, the couple has brought a suit against photographer Bill Greenblatt, as well as his media outlet, the United Press International.

The McCloskeys contend that while photographers do have the right to capture photos of people without permission when those people are out in public, Greenblatt had no right to trespass onto their private property to take pictures of them.

What Is Sauce For The Goose…

Greenblatt, like the other BLM protestors, was breaking the law.

The couple said Greenblatt’s photo has contributed to their “significant national recognition and infamy.” In addition to Greenblatt and the news service, the McCloskeys are suing Redbubble Inc., a San Francisco-based online marketplace for print-on-demand products.

The McCloskeys allege that Greenblatt, UPI, and Redbubble are all profiting from “t-shirts, masks, and other items, and licensing use of photographs bearing Plaintiffs’ likenesses, without obtaining Plaintiffs’ consent.”

Often their image on merchandise sold by Redbubble is accompanied with “mocking and pejorative taglines or captions,” causing them “humiliation, mental anguish, and severe emotional distress,” the suit alleges.

Will Gardner Charge The Trespassers?  Of Course Not.

Meanwhile, the McCloskeys are each facing felony charges of their own after the June incident.  The charges, brought by the office of Prosecuting Attorney — and Soros-funded puppet— Kim Gardner, seem to have little merit.

Additionally, Governor Mike Parsons won his reelection campaign last Tuesday and has promised to pardon the couple if they are found guilty.  Parsons hasn’t been a champion for gun owners, but he recognized that supporting the McCloskeys was a good public relations move.

Because of his promise of a pardon, the case seems moot at this point, but radical Kim Gardner seems intent on pressing forward with ruining the couple’s lives.

Play The Game By The Rules Of The Left

This is a lesson to gun owners!

The McCloskeys are a power couple.  The couple has nearly bottomless pockets to fund their own legal defense. They can take as many days off work as the case requires because they own their own law firm.  They won’t be fired by a boss who doesn’t want the political heat of employing somebody the left is trying to cancel.

But almost none of us are in that situation.  How many gun owners could withstand this sort of onslaught — even just financially?

George Soros’s pet, Kim Gardner has stacked the justice deck against them.  The McCloskeys aren’t idealists — silly people who think they’re going to win just because ‘if you’ve done nothing wrong, everything will work out.’

That’s insanity when staring down the barrel of Kim Gardner’s office.

No, the McCloskeys have gone on the attack.    They’re using the left’s system against them.  Suing the photographer is a great move!

Gun organizations need to think this way, too.  No more ‘gentlemen lobbyist’ who are friends with anti-gun radicals.  No more ‘making friends to make deals.’    The left isn’t compromising with gun organizations.  It’s time for a ‘no compromise’ gun rights organization.  The left has been ‘no compromise’ all along!

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