Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves took to Facebook to defend the armed couple in the viral video who pointed guns as protesters marched by.
Reeves wrote on his FB page:
The media is swarming to attack a couple in Missouri for brandishing firearms while telling protestors to leave their property.
It’s become a huge national story. Maybe this group had peaceful intent, but the country has seen a ton of violence. The group entered their gate and marched up to their front door.
I think these homeowners were totally within their rights (although they might want to work on trigger discipline). Private property still exists in this country and the 2nd Amendment is not for hunting—it’s for self defense.
The couple became a viral sensation after video of them pointing guns at protesters marching by went viral.
Meanwhile, per TCO, St. Louis authorities will investigate the husband and wife due who defended their home with guns as protesters marched by.
Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner in regards to events over weekend:
I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protestors were met by guns and a violent assault. We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated. My office is currently working with the public and police to investigate these events. Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and we will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.
— Daniel Shular (@xshularx) June 29, 2020