A series of dangerous riots broke out around the country last year in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
One particular couple in Missouri was thrust into the center of the controversy of those riots, and how local governments should respond to them.
But now, Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons has announced major news.
The Governor’s office said that he “granted 12 pardons and approved two commutations pursuant to Article IV, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Missouri. Official documents have been filed with the appropriate government agencies and are being sent
to the individuals.”
Among those pardons?
None other than Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who went viral for waving off protesters with their firearms after a string of violent riots and demonstrations last year.
The family’s lawyer welcomed the news.
“Mark McCloskey has publicly stated that if he were involved in the same situation, he would have the exact same conduct,” said their lawyer Joel Schwartz. “He believes that the pardon vindicates that conduct.”
The news sparked a wave of praise on Twitter.
“The McCloskeys did nothing wrong,” wrote Ian Miles Cheong. “It’s true, they just got pardoned by the Governor of Missouri.”
Others weren’t so happy.
“Unbelievable,” Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., told CNN. “There are pardons that we have been asking for, pardons that actually should happen in Missouri, and that was not one. Mark McCloskey is an absolute liar. He has spat on my name, and because of that, his day will come.”
Mark has actually announced he is running for Senate as a Republican.
“I’ve always been a Republican, but I have never been a politician,” he told Fox. “But you know, God came knocking on my door last summer disguised as an angry mob, and it really did wake me up.”
His campaign website shows he is using the viral incident to his advantage:
Mark and Patty McCloskey understand the incredible importance of the 2nd Amendment. When a mob came to destroy their home and hurt their family, the McCloskey’s were able to protect their home thanks to the right to bear arms.
The McCloskey’s story has empowered thousands of new gun owners across the country to purchase a firearm and learn how to defend themselves. Thousands of women have written to Patty to express their gratitude for taking a stand.