It’s not about Mark McCloskey and his wife who found themselves protecting their Renaissance palazzo-style home this past Sunday with firearms facing down an angry mob in St Louis, its about “stand your ground laws” and the need for them. In all likelihood, the McCloskeys, who are personal injury attorneys who support Black Lives Matter helped build this monster with their law practice, but that was beside the point as the media took the lead on this one to instigate more mob behavior in the way they reported the incident. It was for the McCloskeys like getting bit by a dog they had raised from a puppy and they had to bring their guns in on that dog to keep it from killing them once it had gone mad. I would never say that the McCloskeys are like the rest of us, Americans just trying to live their lives who suddenly found themselves threatened by a leftist takeover against their private property. They helped build that threat, and they knew quickly where the laws were in protecting themselves in case something went wrong. Rather, the McCloskeys are more like the well-intentioned owners of Jurassic Park who tried to bring dinosaurs back to life, then found themselves eaten by them, or at least threatened.
But the case does bring up some interesting legal questions that must be explored as we have seen on several occasions throughout 2020 how direct government failure has led to a threat to our personal lives, first through the Covid-19 shut downs and witnessing mad governors abusing their authority to grossly infringe on individual rights. Then we have watched the dysfunctional marriage of government and the media blow on the embers of racism to start a raging fire meant to destroy everything all in an attempt to stop the re-election of Donald Trump. Whatever the motives, we have witnessed what happens when government fails and ultimately that was what happened at the McCloskey mansion in a nice part of St Louis as a mob of anarchists and radicals marched on the mayor’s home to petition a change in government through sheer force. There are so many things wrong with this assumption, not the least was the media who were clearly advocating for what they think of as a “democratic” mob to incite fear and change to push the mayor to resign. But along the way, the mob trampled through the property of Mark McCloskey and his wife thinking they had a right to destroy everything in their path.
Now in Missouri they have some decent Stand Your Ground laws, which as an attorney McCloskey would have known about, and he used it the moment the mob identified itself as a lethal threat. They knew they had the right to grab their guns and aim them at the mob to protect themselves from being run over. Also, as attorneys for Black Lives Matter types of cases, they knew that the foundation of the movement wasn’t racial equality, but radical Marxism where private property is considered reprehensible and those guarding it, needing to be destroyed. So McCloskey and his wife knew that if they didn’t take a hard stand against the mob, that everything they had worked so hard in preserving at that restored mansion they were living in, would be looted and destroyed. Black Lives Matter activists believe that property can be restored, but lives can’t—so they believe they can loot and destroy anything and would still be functioning morally correct. With all that in mind, the McCloskeys are not like the rest of us. We might sympathize with their situation, we are all thinking about ourselves stuck in their situation these days, but unlike them, we do not have such valuable property in an inner city setting that is a target for mob violence, and have built our entire lives around appeasing an imposed guilt from some heritage that we have no responsibility for. It would not surprise me to find out that the McCloskey family were liberals and for years have fed this mob to become big and dangerous.
The issue is however what the law should be in such a case. When the McCloskeys called the police, nobody of course was going to come. There was no help. They were ostracized from civil society the moment the mob formed, so they had to do something to live, because if they hadn’t, that “peaceful mob of protestors” would have destroyed their property, as they were clearly preparing to do, and would likely have beaten the couple to death, just as most Marxists around the world have done to those they consider the enemies of the proletariat, the bourgeoisie—or even the political aristocracy of that given time. In my state of Ohio we are still trying to convince our governor, Dummy DeWine that his tight gun control laws have actually empowered these types of mobs, by not having “stand your ground” laws and maintaining a weak “castle doctrine” that imposes a “duty to retreat” before grabbing our guns and standing our ground on our lawns. Most places in the country are like Ohio, where gun laws have been so watered down it has clearly given rise to empowering these mobs to exploit the weaknesses of the government and the people suffering under their sheer stupidity. The law expects in Ohio that if something like what happened to the McCloskeys occurred then the homeowners would have a duty to retreat and to leave all their property to the mob. They would not have a right to defend their property to their every last breath, and that is part of the cause of this sudden uptick in violence. The mobs know that the government has no stomach for protecting private property so now they can use that fear to control mass populations, and that is one of the many causes of this climate of violence we are seeing now.
The expectation from Mike DeWine and many other progressive governors across America is that we must wait for the authorities to do their jobs and maintain law and order. So what happens when the attackers want to defund the police, the mayors and governors are listening to those demands, and we witness in general a complete government failure on a massive scale. Such as government letting prisoners go out of a fear that Covid-19 might spread among the prison population, then that same government turns around to arrest and imprison business owners not observing social distancing or bending the knee with the latest government mask mandate. Obviously, government doesn’t know what its doing so why should property owners trust them with anything? Why should there be a duty to retreat and to leave property to replacement through insurance, when its well known that insurance rates will go up dramatically? Who will pay for the increased premiums? The mob?
The police were not going to come to the aid of Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia. And after Covid-19 and all the budget cuts, and the bad press from the media driven race riots, there won’t be much positive police presence in the future. So it should never be expected that property owners will be forced to yield to mobs in the future, but will have to engage them at the point of the threat to maintain law and order. And any government, such as Ohio’s Mike DeWine that fights against that trend is part of the problem and is directly helping to build these mobs through empowerment. “Stand your Ground” isn’t just important legislation, it is crucial to maintaining order in a world quickly spiraling down the drain of Marxist chaos. Politicians responsible are likely like the McCloskeys, in denial of their role in the mess, but truly, the only way to fix it is with more gun owners taking over the job of the police and protecting the efforts of productivity from the chaos of anarchists and mobs of Marxists. That is the world they created and now we all must find a way to fix it, not with appeasement, but with firm resolution with guns and an ability to use them to maintain order.
Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior
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