Is it now illegal for Americans to arm themselves and defend their homes against potential invaders, especially in states that have passed ‘castle doctrine’ laws?
It is if you’re a politicized Left-wing prosecutor whose campaign was financed by billionaire Leftist and seditionist George Soros.
Last month after a Black Lives Matter mob busted through an iron gate onto private property and began to approach and threaten St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the pair armed themselves with an AR-15 rifle and handgun, respectively, in defense of their home.
And again, for emphasis, they felt threatened.
But instead of going after the mob who violated laws against trespassing, St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner is considering charging the McCloskey’s for standing their ground.
Thankfully, one U.S. senator from Missouri, Republican Josh Hawley, who was the state attorney general before running for his seat, is taking up the couples’ cause. (Related: St. Louis home defender: The media is siding with the ‘Marxist’ BLM ‘mob’.)
In a letter last week to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Hawley asked for a civil rights investigation into the politically motivated threats of prosecution by Gardner — who just happens to be black, while the McCloskeys just happen to be well-to-do and white.
Their actions, captured on video and viewed by millions, drew praise from some who said they were legally defending their home, but scorn from others who said they risked bloodshed by displaying the weapons. Photos emerged as memes on both sides of the gun debate.
Gardner’s office is still investigating, but no charges have been filed. Hawley, a Missouri Republican, wrote in a letter to Barr that Gardner abused her power in seizing the couple’s guns, investigating them and pursuing a possible indictment. He called her actions “an unacceptable abuse of power and threat to the Second Amendment.”
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 https://t.co/lg9GbisWgd
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 16, 2020
“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,” Hawley wrote.
“There is no question under Missouri law that the McCloskeys had the right to own and use their firearms to protect themselves from threatened violence, and that any criminal prosecution for these actions is legally unsound,” Hawley wrote. “The only possible motivation for the investigation, then, is a politically motivated attempt to punish this family for exercising their Second Amendment rights.
“Indeed, this is part of a troubling pattern of politically motivated prosecutorial decisions by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney, who has not seen fit to prosecute many violent offenders, and who has expressed hostility to gun rights in the past,” he added.
KMOV noted that, according to St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, who is the president of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Hawley’s letter to Barr requesting a civil rights probe is ‘unprecedented.’
But is that right?
During his tenure, President Barack Obama politicized virtually every government agency within the Executive Branch, especially the Intelligence Community and the Justice Department.
Aside from very likely ordering the ‘Spygate’ operation against the Trump campaign, Obama’s attorneys general — first Eric Holder and then Loretta Lynch — regularly interfered in local matters, usually as a means of fomenting racial unrest.
In 2015, The Daily Caller reported that under the Obama regime, probes of local police departments and so-called “consent decrees” skyrocketed, the latter being “legal settlements” between DoJ and local police agencies to allow them to be ‘monitored’ for race-related ‘reforms’ by the administration.
And this, of course, all came after Obama unleashed his DoJ to ‘investigate’ the death of Michael Brown — in Ferguson, Missouri.
“The Department of Justice must ensure that all Americans’ rights are protected from this kind of abuse of power,” Hawley concluded in his letter.
While he’s at it, maybe he should suggest DoJ investigate that serial seditionist George Soros for his backing of prosecutorial candidates who care nothing for the law or the Constitution.