St. Louis residentÂ Mark McCloskey broke his silence on âTucker Carlson Tonightâ Tuesday after he and his wife Patricia received national approbation forÂ brandishing gunsÂ in the front yard of their home afterÂ protestersÂ broke into their gated community.
âMy wife and I were preparing toÂ have dinner, maybeÂ 70 feetÂ from the gate,â McCloskey, 63, recalled.
âBy the time we looked up and we saw the marchers coming down Kings HighwayÂ and getting loud, we lookedÂ over the gate and thereâsÂ noÂ police there.Â Our private security wasnât there. Nobodyâs there.â
As the crowd moved closer toward his home, McCloskey explained that he had a sudden realization that he and his wife could soon fall victim to the violence and rioting that has overtaken parts of the city in recent weeks.
âPeople start coming in.Â And then a flood of people startÂ coming in,â he said.Â âThey are angry, theyâreÂ screaming, theyâve got spittleÂ coming out of their mouth theyâreÂ coming toward theÂ house â¦â
âI turned to my wife and I said, âOh my God, weâre absolutely alone.Â There is nobody here to protect us.'â
It was at that point that the couple retrieved their gunsÂ and stood firmly on their front porch as depicted in theÂ now-viral video posted to Twitter.Â McCloskey explained.
âWhen I saw that mob comingÂ through the gate with their rageÂ and their anger, I thought thatÂ we would be overrun in a second,â he said. âBy the time I was out there withÂ my rifle, the people were 20 orÂ 30 feet from my front wall â¦Â I was literally afraidÂ that within seconds they wouldÂ surmount the wall and come intoÂ the house, kill us, burn the houseÂ down and everything that I hadÂ worked for and struggled forÂ forÂ the last 32 years.â
He went on, âI saw it all going up inÂ flames and my life destroyed inÂ an instant and I did what IÂ thought I had to do to protectÂ my hearth, my home andÂ my family.â
McCloskey said he was offended by insinuations that his effort to protect his family was racially motivated, emphasizing that his 30-year career as a lawyer was largely focused on helping those âthat need a voice.â
âI donât understand,â he told Carlson.Â âHereâs the interesting thing, IÂ spent my career defending peopleÂ that are defenseless â¦Â This is what I do for a living.Â I help people that are down orÂ that need a hand and people thatÂ need a voice.
âTo call us racist is ridiculousÂ and it had nothing to do withÂ race.Â I wasnât worried what the raceÂ was [of]Â the mob that cameÂ through my gate, I was worriedÂ that I was going to be killed.Â I didnât care what race theyÂ were.â
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