A St. Louis couple is making headlines for defending themselves as a group of violent protesters marched down private streets towards the mayor’s home.
Over the weekend, a video emerged showing the armed couple standing outside of their home with their guns, in a gated community that had been broken into by the group marching.
In the video, the couple is seen shouting at protesters to leave while activists moved the crowd forward, urging participants to ignore the homeowners.
The woman is seen pointing a handgun at the crowd, the man – a rifle.
The mainstream media has reported the story as “an angry white couple pointing guns at “peaceful” protesters” – but there’s another side to the whole thing.
The couple, identified as the McCloskey’s – both in their 60s – told the media that they were having dinner outside when the mob of 100s surged through putting them “in fear for our lives.”
The guns, they say, were their only option for protection.
McCloskey told News 4 “This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob.”
They also claim that the protesters destroyed the wrought iron gate that guarded the property – making the whole event more “trespassing” than” peaceful protest.”
Response to the video is mixed: Some people are supporting the couple for protecting their property, while others have labeled them as racists.
One thing is clear, though: the McCloskey’s are the social media hot topic of the day.