Mark McCloskey, the right-wing St. Louis attorney ordered in court just days ago to surrender the semi-automatic rifle he brandished at Black Lives Matter protesters last year, has posted on Twitter with his brand new AR-15.
The attorney, who is now running for Missouri senator, posted a photo Saturday gleefully showing off his latest weapon on Twitter with his wife, Patricia McCloskey.
— Mark McCloskey (@mccloskeyusa) June 19, 2021
The McCloskeys sparked national outrage — and praise from Donald Trump — after pointing their weapons at racial justice protesters walking past their house on their way to the home of the St. Louis mayor a year ago. The two claimed the racially mixed crowd intended to kill them and burn down their house. None of that was true.
They were indicted on felony charges but pleaded guilty last week to assault and harassment misdemeanor counts and were fined $3,000. As part of their plea deal to dodge prison time, Patricia McCloskey surrendered the handgun she had aimed at protesters, and her husband agreed to relinquish the rifle he used.
Mark McCloskey said outside the courthouse Thursday that he agreed with prosecutors that he had put protesters in “imminent fear of physical harm. That’s what the guns were for,” he said defiantly, vowing to “do the same thing again” whenever a “mob” threatens his family.
Richard Callahan, the special prosecutor assigned to the case, said in a statement that the plea agreement was reasonable, in part because no shots had been fired, nobody had been injured, and the McCloskeys had called the police.
“The protesters were a racially mixed and peaceful group, including women and children, who simply made a wrong turn on their way to protest in front of the mayor’s house,” said Callahan’s statement.
McCloskey’s Democratic opponent in the race for Senate capitalized on his menacing gun incident in a campaign ad early this month. In it, candidate Lucas Kunce cocks a firearm, appears to aim at something, then says: “Forget it ... Stunts like that ... are for those clowns on the other side, like that ‘Mansion Man’ Mark McCloskey.”
Critics on Twitter couldn’t quite believe McCloskey was already shopping for a new weapon.
How does someone that had his guns seized pass a background check? This is a problem not a cause for celebration!
— Gregory Scott (@pimpbot773) June 20, 2021
I'm a fellow gun owner with 2 AR15s and a LR308 I'm currently building in my safe & I'm all for others owning & properly using them. But this is ridiculous. You recklessly pointed a loaded AR and pistol at protesters, pleaded guilty & now making further spectacle of yourselves.
— J. Berreth (@JamesBerreth) June 20, 2021
😲 if this is not entitlement & mockery of courts then..... @FBI there’s a loose cannon about to start something!
— In Recovery @ 🏠 💪💉💉 (@FOInewsteam) June 20, 2021
Does that make you feel like a "big" man now Mark?
— Jeff Russell 🇺🇸🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@ImJeffRussell1) June 19, 2021
This is overcompensation dude
— Josh Mings, AIA (@joshuamings) June 20, 2021
I'll take "shitty couples" for $1000, Alex.
— Your Sharona (@sharona_your) June 20, 2021
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.