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St. Louis Prosecutor Ignores Real Crime To Hurt Gun Owners

Mark and Patricia McClosky likely didn’t start out to be the face of gun rights in the Saint Louis area, but it kind of happened. As communities burned all over the nation, the couple saw a mob coming up their private street after busting through a gate. They had every reason to believe their home was in danger.

So, they pulled out firearms and stood to defend their home.

Sort of, anyway, since it seems the weapons were inoperable. Yet because of that, Saint Louis’ chief prosecutor decided to try and make an example of the couple.

Meanwhile, it seems that while she was going after a couple of gun owners who simply tried to defend their home, she was busy ignoring her job when it applied to real criminals.

Similar to many other urban areas of the country, St. Louis saw a dramatic increase in homicide in 2020. The Gateway to the West’s homicide rate per 100 thousand residents exploded from 64.5 in 2019 to 87.2 in 2020. The homicide rate was far and away the city’s highest in the preceding 50 years.

This startling increase in homicides has come under the watch of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. Elected to the office in 2016, Gardner has worked to “reform” the city’s criminal justice system – often placing her at odds with city law enforcement. Gardner has received significant support from anti-gun billionaire George Soros. As Politico reported back in 2016, Soros is engaged in a wide-ranging effort to remake the U.S. criminal justice system by electing activist prosecutors throughout the country.

Gardner and her office’s unserious approach to violent crime was demonstrated in the high-profile bungling of a murder case earlier this month.

On July 18, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported,

Circuit Judge Jason Sengheiser on Wednesday dismissed first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful gun possession charges against [defendant] after no one from the Circuit Attorney’s Office showed up for scheduled hearings in May, June and July.

Taking aim at Gardner and her office’s conduct, Judge Sengheiser went on to state,

The Circuit Attorney’s Office is ultimately the party responsible for protecting public safety by charging and then prosecuting those it believes commit crimes. In a case like this where the Circuit Attorney’s office has essentially abandoned its duty to prosecute those it charges with crimes, the court must impartially enforce the law and any resultant threat to public safety is the responsibility of the Circuit Attorney’s Office.

The accused is alleged to have shot and killed a man on April 9, 2020. Following the shooting, the defendant was the subject of a multi-state manhunt that involved the U.S. Marshals.

In a statement responding to Judge Sengheiser’s dismissal and the media inquiries it prompted, Gardner contended, “I am accountable to the public for the actions of the office and remain committed as ever to upholding the highest possible standards and practices of accountability at all levels of this office, particularly the public safety of the residents of the City of St. Louis. As a result, the individual, in this case, is in custody.”

However, shortly after Gardner’s statement, police told the Post-Dispatch that she was incorrect and that the accused murderer was in fact not in custody. As of July 21, the suspect was still at large.

This was just a matter of weeks after Gardner launched her own personal jihad against the McCloskeys. Now, this is an accused murderer who was allowed to walk because Gardner couldn’t even muster the ability to make sure someone was in court that day.

Folks, court days don’t come out of the blue. Any decent attorney keeps up with when he or she is due in court and they don’t play around. This is true whether you’re talking about civil or criminal court, prosecutors or defense attorneys. They all know where they need to be. Anyone who doesn’t really has no business being an attorney.

As Circuit Attorney, Garnder’s job is to make sure her people are where they’re supposed to be. Clearly, she failed.

But she made sure she went after a white couple with guns who tried to defend their home from what sure as hell looked like a rampaging mob.

How the people of Saint Louis put up with this is beyond me.

Jan 17, 2022 5:30 PM ET