St. Louis attorney Mark McCloskey, who along with his wife Patricia captured the attention of the nation by pointing weapons at a large crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020, told Politico he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate.
The seat in Missouri being vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) at the end of his current term.
In his interview with Politico, McCloskey said that, “I can confirm that it’s a consideration, yes.”
He added that there is no definite timeline in which he would enter the race.
Mark McCloskey, who drew headlines last year for brandishing an assault rifle at Black Lives Matter protesters, says he’s looking at running for Missouri’s open Senate seat https://t.co/MbFQlrAMCQ
— POLITICO (@politico) April 21, 2021
McCloskey’s Get National Press For BLM Incident
The McCloskeys became household names last June, when a crowd of roughly 100 masked protesters entered the McCloskey’s gated neighborhood, trespassing on private property, on their way to former mayor Lyda Krewson’s home.
The video of what happened next went viral and was seen around the world. Mark and Patricia McCloskey could be seen standing in front of their home, warning the group that they were on private property.
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Mark McCloskey was holding a rifle, his wife with a small silver pistol, with a large group of protesters surrounding them.
While the entire incident lasted just minutes, the effects of that day have been far reaching for the McCloskeys.
On July 10, 2020, police searched their home, and seized both of the guns involved in the incident. A month later, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner charged the couple with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony.
In October of 2020, the McCloskeys pleaded not guilty. In November, Gardner was removed from the case for using the case for political gain.
“We need to pull America back!” Says St. Louis lawyer Mark McCloskey at the Jackson Co. GOP Reagan/Lincoln dinner Saturday night in Blue Springs #MarkMcCloskey #JacksonGOP #KMBC pic.twitter.com/eHt9Aote70
— Micheal Mahoney (@KCMikeMahoney) April 18, 2021
On The Front Lines Of Defending The Second Amendment
The McCloskeys have since become outspoken advocates of American’s Second Amendment rights.
Senator Josh Hawley called the charges by Gardner against the couple “an outrageous abuse of power.” Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) said that if convicted, he would pardon the McCloskeys.
President Trump also weighed in on the incident and said that what was happening to the McCloskeys was “absolutely absurd.”
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a brief in support of dismissing the case. He wrote that prosecuting the couple is a violation of the right to bear arms, and the right to defend their property under Missouri’s “castle doctrine” law.
The McCloskys were invited to speak on the first night of the Republican National Convention last summer, and used their speech to warn that liberals want to “demolish suburban areas and take away gun rights.”
Nine people were issued summons for trespassing during the McCloskey incident, but by September last year, City Counselor Michael Garvin announced that “prosecution is not warranted,” and charges would not be filed.
Mark McClosky is an American hero.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) July 14, 2020
Mark McCloskey would be throwing his hat in a crowded field. Among possible candidates so far for the seat Blunt is vacating include former Governor Eric Greitens and Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
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