BLM protesters have come back to the mansion of the St. Louis couple that carried guns and became a viral sensation.
However this time they were not met by lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey but by hired armed security.
Per the NYPost, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who confronted marchers with an automatic rifle and a handgun last week, kept their guns holstered Friday when the crowd returned, looking down on the protest along with their lawyer and private security standing by.
DailyMail reports Black Lives Matter protesters have returned to the mansion of a Missouri couple who last week drew guns on activists who broke into their gated community during a demonstration.
Photos of Mark and Patricia McCloskey standing outside their palatial St. Louis property armed with an AR-15 and a handgun were beamed around the world last Sunday, with the scene coming to symbolize the polarization currently gripping America.
Mark McCloskey, who is a prominent personal injury attorney, has defended drawing his weapon, saying he thought ‘death was coming through his gate’.
But on Friday, he and his wife were far more passive as hundreds of demonstrators returned to their upscale neighborhood to stage a protest outside their lavish home.
The pair were seen tentatively peering out at the protest from the confines of their balcony, in the presence of their attorney.
Private security was seen securing barriers outside the home prior to the protest.
Demonstrators chanted and brandished placards outside the residence for around 15 minutes before moving on.
In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, Mark McCloskey recalled the situation that led to his armed standoff with demonstrators last Sunday.
‘My wife and I were preparing to have dinner, maybe 70 feet from the gate,’ he told Carlson.
‘By the time we looked up and we saw the marchers coming down Kings Highway and getting loud, we looked over the gate and there’s no police there. Our private security wasn’t there. Nobody’s there.
‘I look over to my wife and then the gate bursts open and then all these People start coming in. And then a flood of people start coming in,’ he said.
‘They are angry, they’re screaming, they’ve got spittle coming out of their mouth they’re coming toward the house.’
McCloskey continued that after watching a 7/11 be burned down with no intervention in a protest in the city on June 22, he felt that he and his wife had to act and they went into the home to grab a handgun and an AR-15.
‘I turned to my wife and I said, “Oh my God, we’re absolutely alone. There is nobody here to protect us”,’ he told Fox.
‘When I saw that mob coming through the gate with their rage and their anger, I thought that we would be overrun in a second,’ he said.
‘By the time I was out there with my rifle, the people were 20 or 30 feet from my front wall. I’ve got a little wall that separates the house from my front yard. I was literally afraid that within seconds they would surmount the wall and come into the house, kill us, burn the house down and everything that I had worked for and struggled for the last 32 years.’
‘I saw it all going up in flames and my life destroyed in an instant and I did what I thought I had to do to protect my hearth, my home and my family.’
McCloskey claimed that his actions had nothing to do with race and that he didn’t care what race the protesters were.
‘Here’s the interesting thing, I spent my career defending people that are defenseless for people who are having a hard time making their oracle happen, for people that don’t have a voice,’ he continued.
‘My black clients love us. The night this happened I had some of our black clients calling us, telling us how wrong it was the way the press was writing us up, telling us how wrong it was that we should be portrayed as racist.
‘This is what I do for a living. I help people that are down or that need a hand and people that need a voice,’ McCloskey added.
‘To call us racist is ridiculous and it had nothing to do with race. I wasn’t worried what the race was [of] the mob that came through my gate, I was worried that I was going to be killed. I didn’t care what race they were.’