[Ed. – Video appears in some spots to show the wife pointing her handgun at the mob, and neither of them had great muzzle discipline. But they were defending their home against literal trespassers visibly threatening them, and they have every right to do that.]
The McCloskeys claimed in a police report that they felt threatened by the demonstrators and feared that they would assault them or destroy their property. But Gardner said that she would look into the events, noting at the outset of her probe that “we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights.”
Parson strongly pushed back against the impetus for the investigation, saying that the McCloskeys “did what they legally should do.”
“A mob does not have the right to charge your property. They had every right to protect themselves,” he said.
Asked whether he would consider a pardon if charges were filed, Parsons said, “I think that’s exactly what would happen.”
“Right now, that’s what I feel,” he said. “You don’t know until you hear all the facts.