End couple explains why they pointed guns at protesters who demanded Mayor Krewson’s resignation

A husband and wife made national news when photos captured them pointing guns at protesters Sunday night outside of their Central West End home. 

During the protest, images and videos showed Mark McCloskey, 63, holding a rifle and his wife Patricia McCloskey, 61, pointing a handgun at the crowd of about 300 protesters around 7:30 p.m. The protesters were marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to demand her resignation.

The McCloskeys said they were “in fear for our lives” and that’s why they pulled the guns out. “It was like the storming of the Bastille, the gate came down and a large crowd of angry, aggressive people poured through,” Mark McCloskey said. “I was terrified that we’d be murdered within seconds. Our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed.” Source

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