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A Dozen GOP Legislators Defend Missouri Couple’s 2A Rights in a Letter to AG William Barr

Twelve GOP legislators wrote to Attorney General William Bar to defend the McCloskey’s Second Amendment rights. The legislators said the Department of Justice should show strong leadership to ensure people’s rights were not trampled by mob rule. They added that prosecuting the couple would indicate that Americans no longer had the right to self-defend.

“Charges against this couple will have a chilling effect on the entire nation, sending the message that American citizens no longer have the right to protect themselves at their own homes,” part of the statement reads.

Republican Reps. Andy Harris of Maryland, Alex Mooney of West Virginia, Brian Babin of Texas, Greg Steube of Florida, Jody Hice of Georgia, Louis Gohmert of Texas, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Steve King of Iowa, Steve Watkins of Kansas, and Ted Budd of North Carolina signed the letter.

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Coincidentally, the former family lawyer, Attorney Al Watkins, handed over the pistol used by Ms. Patricia McCloskey during the encounter with Black Lives Matter protesters, who violently broke into the couple’s compound.

Watkins said the handgun was inoperable during the encounter, and Ms. McCloskey was aware of that fact. The attorney said he took possession of the pistol to preserve evidence in anticipation of any charges against the couple. However, taking possession of the gun made him a potential witness leading to his stepping down as the couple’s attorney.

The public, influenced by the sensationalism of the mainstream media, has vilified the McCloskey’s, who have come under intense scrutiny by the St. Louis Police Department. Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, who is investigating the case, described the encounter as a “violent assault” and promised to hold the McCloskey’s accountable for violating Missouri law.

Fortunately, her office has failed to come up with any charges to satisfy the anti-gun left. The police have therefore resorted to incessant harassment, hoping to find any violations.


Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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