McCloskey Self-Defense Saga Expands: Sen. Hawley Requests DOJ Investigate St. Louis Circuit Attorney

P. Gardner Goldsmith | July 16, 2020

The unfortunate and ugly turns in government manhandling of St. Louis residents Mark and Patricia McCloskey just twisted again, as Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft reports that Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (R) has asked Attorney General Barr to investigate the aggressive actions of the St. Louis government in their treatment of the couple and the couple’s armed defense of their home in June.

Hawley’s Tweet, reads:

This morning I have asked the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the St Louis Circuit Attorneys Office. Targeting law abiding citizens who exercise constitutionally protected rights for investigation & prosecution is an abuse of power.

And, like the McCloskey’s, Hawley is on firm constitutional ground.

As MRCTV recently reported in print and video form, leftist St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner July 10 took shocking action by searching the McCloskey’s home and removing the firearms the couple drew June 28, as they confronted over a dozen Black Lives Matter trespassers who had broken their iron gate, many of whom were masked, and many of whom were armed. They were on their own property, they were exercising their inherent rights against those who violently infringed on those rights.


Wrote Hawley to US Attorney General Barr:

This is an unacceptable abuse of power and threat to the Second Amendment, and I urge you to consider a federal civil rights investigation into the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office to determine whether this investigation and impending prosecution violates this family’s constitutional rights.”

And Hawley is precisely right. This is such an obvious attack on the right to keep and bear arms it almost defies belief. Yet this is precisely the kind of mentality inherent in all “gun control” statutes, be they federal, state, or local. If the state can disarm people without giving them proper due process, it can kill them without due process as well. The right to firearms is an extension of the right to self-defense.

This move by Gardner appears to be a clear violation of the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution and also runs contrary to the Missouri State Constitution – both of which she swore oaths to abide, protect, and defend.

It could be oh-so vexing to her, but Ms. Gardner might want to recall this portion of the Constitution of Missouri:

Section 23. Right to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and certain accessories—exception—rights to be unalienable.—That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned. The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable…

Perhaps, thanks to Senator Hawley’s letter, Attorney General Barr can remind her.