In a letter dated Aug. 6, 2020, Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) sharply questioned Democratic Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner for prosecuting the McCloskey couple from St. Louis who drew their weapons at their residence when a group of protesters illegally entered and threatened them, the Daily Caller reported.
The letter urges Attorney General William Barr to investigate Gardner’s actions who first seized their weapons and then prosecuted the McCloskeys for felonies with up to four years in prison for showing their legally acquired weapons while defending themselves against protesters who illegally entered private property and threatened them.
“Our Constitution is clear … ‘The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’ Our Founders recognized and memorialized this natural human right, the fundamental freedom of self-defense. The state of Missouri goes even further and gives ‘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 …’” Arrington wrote in the letter.
Arrington said the Democratic prosecutor’s actions were motivated by her anti-gun agenda and not by a crime-fighting issue.
“The streets of our cities are on fire and innocent people are being murdered,” Arrington explained. “If people think this is ‘bass ackwards,’ as we say in Texas, wait until we have the scenario where we have a Democrat Congress and president.”
Sixteen other Republicans signed the letter.
Several Democratic leaders have been questioned for their decisions in dealing with the riots and for the ambiguous criteria in applying the law.
The McCloskeys’ case is an example of this.
Another example is one group of pro-life activists arrested in Washington, D.C., last week for trying to chalk the message “Black Preborn lives matter” in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic, claiming they did not have a permit to do so, Fox News reported. However, several cities such as Portland, Washington D.C., New York City, and Seattle, have been vandalized amid of violent riots, and although some arrests were made, Democratic leaders have decided to label the riots as peaceful protests and downplay the magnitude of the incidents.