Meghan McCain defended the St. Louis couple who targeted Black Lives Matter protesters outside their mansion, but criticized the owners’ reckless handling of their weapons.
McCain said Tuesday in “The View” that he understood why attorneys Mark McCloskey and his wife, Patricia, responded with firearms to what the couple claimed were threats from protesters on Sunday near their property in the neighborhood of the Central West End.
“The question I always had is what happens when you start going to the suburbs when people are often armed and intimidated,” McCain said, adding that “if a crowd of people enters your neighborhood and breaks a door, that’s one of the things they claim is that these protesters broke their door: people will be intimidated. “
But the talk show co-host said that, as the owner of a licensed gun, she disagreed with the way husband and wife held their weapons.
“This woman had her finger on the trigger the entire time,” McCain said. “Shooting control is a great thing, especially with pistols.”
He added that at “a point where [Patricia is] By moving his pistol, he could have easily shot her husband in the head. “
Meanwhile, she said, “The man has no muzzle control at all. That means the front of the AR-15 – he’s pointing it in all directions, everywhere.”
“It is very, very dangerous and irresponsible,” McCain said, adding that “you never point your gun that you don’t intend to shoot and hit, so I immediately have a problem with this.”
Gun security experts also told The Post that the couple’s mishandling of firearms could have ended in “a very disastrous result.”
The McCloskeys’ clash occurred on Sunday when protesters made their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to demand her resignation.
Krewson has been criticized for reading on Facebook Live the names and addresses of several residents who wrote letters calling for the police department to be dismissed.
St. Louis District Attorney Kimberly Gardner said Monday the couple is under investigation for possible criminal charges.
“I am alarmed by the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were greeted with weapons,” said Gardner.
“We must protect the right to protest peacefully, and any attempt to cool it down by intimidation or threat of lethal force will not be tolerated.”