It looked like a scene from the end of a Coen Brothers movie, where nothing would have made sense unless you paid an intense amount of attention to the buildup. Two middle-aged, wealthy and well-dressed midwesterners dangerously brandishing weapons on the front stoop of their mansion, threatening peaceful protesters.
The story goes that these demonstrators had entered a gated community on their way to the Governor’s mansion, passing by the home of the aforementioned aristocrats. Then, this happened:
A white couple who stood outside their St. Louis mansion and pointed guns at protesters support the Black Lives Matter movement and don’t want to become heroes to those who oppose the cause, their attorney said Monday.
Video posted online showed Mark McCloskey, 63, and his 61-year-old wife, Patricia, standing outside their Renaissance palazzo-style home Sunday night in the city’s well-to-do Central West End neighborhood as protesters marched toward the mayor’s home to demand her resignation. He could be heard yelling while holding a long-barreled gun. His wife stood next to him with a handgun.
Mark McCloskey told KMOV-TV that he and wife, who are personal injury lawyers, were facing an “angry mob” on their private street and feared for their lives Sunday night.
The couple became internet-famous almost immediately, as the contrast between their khakis and their modern-day Kalashnikov made for striking scenery.
Omg who did this?! 😂 STL Ken and Karen pic.twitter.com/z7fSsjSvVh
— Daniel (@DailyLibber) June 29, 2020
Ken and Karen have had enough pic.twitter.com/QtogVCFbEJ
— Insónias em Carvão (@insoniascarvao) June 29, 2020
— JoyousMN (@JoyousMN) June 29, 2020
— Mike C (@MyNameIsMyke82) June 29, 2020
As many have pointed out already online, the couple appear to have been drinking before brandishing their weapons, and the woman in the photographs clearly has her finger directly on the trigger for much of the time, which should be a fairly good indication that she should not be handling a firearm in any capacity.