The armed couple who became the scorn of the nation after ordering protesters out of their compound has received support from the Mississippi governor. Governor Tate Reeves released a statement on Facebook in solidary with the couple saying they were within their rights to act the way they did. Reeves said although the protesters possibly had peaceful intentions, the country has become accustomed to violence from protesters.
"Maybe this group had peaceful intent, but the country has seen a ton of violence. The group entered their gate and marched up to their front door. I think these homeowners were totally within their rights."
Gov Reeves, however, said the couple should probably work on their trigger discipline. Reeves reiterated that respect for private property is important, and citizens still have the second amendment rights to defend themselves.
"Private property still exists in this country and the 2nd Amendment is not for hunting—it's for self-defense."
Mark McCloskey, later told KMOV-TV he was a victim of the mob. He said he was assaulted and was afraid the mob would jump him and burn down his house. He described the event as the storming of the Bastille.
"I was terrified that we'd be murdered within seconds. Our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed."
McCloskey said one protester pulled out two pistols and threatened to kill him.
"One fellow standing right in front of me pulled out two pistol magazines, clicked them together, and said, 'You're next.' That was the first death threat we got that night."
Ironically, McCloskey, 63, and his wife Patricia, 61, are lawyers who handle civil rights cases. Currently, they were representing a man assaulted by a police officer during an arrest after a carjacking incident.
This incident is a classic case of "biting the hand that feeds you." The protesters and the media did not care about what the couple does for a living. The only important thing was the color of their skin.
When interviewed, Rasheen Aldridge, the leader of the protest, said people always break the law during disobedient protests. The level of justice the protesters expected to achieve by breaking into an innocent civil rights lawyer's property and assaulting him, remains a mystery.
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