What happens when you defend your home? People judge you. It will happen. You are seeing a prime example in the media right now.

Anyone with interest in the protests and riots spreading across the country has likely seen the video of Mark and Patricia McCloskey defending their home. The St. Louis couple took up arms and stopped a group of protestors who were allegedly threatening to kill them after breaking down a steel gate to gain access to private property. With Mark holding an AR-15 and Patricia holding a pistol, the couple kept the rioters at bay. But that action came with a cost. Mark and Patricia were charged with a felony. It might be dismissed, or they may have to fight it. Either way, it is happening.

It Doesn’t Stop There

Let’s not debate whether this is right or wrong. This is your reminder that every time you use a gun to defend yourself, you will be put under the microscope. You must do everything correctly because your actions will be scrutinized.

Think about what people are saying out there. Every single element of what the couple did is being reviewed: trigger-finger discipline, muzzle management, tactical positioning … their wardrobe! The point is this: You may protect your life, your family and your home effectively, but the fight does not stop there. You can expect to deal with the authorities after any such incident. Have a plan for the aftermath as well.

About Kevin Michalowski

Executive Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine Kevin Michalowski is a USCCA and NRA Certified Trainer and is a graduate of the Force Science Institute Certification Course. He has participated in training as both an instructor and a student in multiple disciplines. Kevin is also a fully certified law enforcement officer working part time for a small agency in rural Wisconsin.