Armed homeowners greeted protesters marching through private property in their upscale neighborhood in St. Louis. The couple, Patty and Mark McCloskey who are both personal injury lawyers, shouted at the protesters to keep moving while brandishing a handgun and an AR-15.
— Daniel Shular (@xshularx) June 29, 2020
Mark Mc CLoskey later explained the scene as follows:
“One person pulled out some loaded pistol magazines and clicked them together and said that you were next. We were threatened with our lives, threatened with the house being burned down, my office building being burned down, even our dog’s life being threatened. It was about as bad as it can get.
“I really thought it was storming the Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it. It was a huge and frightening crowd.”
The protesters, which numbered about 300, had broken through the gate of the community and were on their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house to demand the mayor’s resignation after she read the names and addresses on a Facebook live broadcast of a number of residents who had written her letters telling her to defund the police department .
Ironically, revealing the names and addresses of political opponents – a tactic called doxing – has been a standard weapon used by Antifa, ISIS and other extremist groups over the years.
This time the tables were turned and the protesters were having none of it.
“Resign Lyda, take the cops with you!” the protesters chanted. However, their anger of having the names and addresses of those that agree with them exposed did not keep them from doxing the couple with the guns protecting their personal property in the neighborhood.
Someone likes Cancel Culture a bit too much. pic.twitter.com/q8bEcl9HRo
— Alex VanNess (@thealexvanness) June 29, 2020
It is a sad commentary on the rule of the totalitarian mob that has taken over America that doxing has become a weapon of choice to threaten, intimidate and harass those with ideas that the mob doesn’t agree with.
Just the threat of doxing is now being used as a tool for censorship by the mainstream media. As reported by The Washington Free Beacon:
A prominent pseudonymous blogger has shut down his site after a New York Times reporter refused to conceal his identity in a forthcoming piece, putting his livelihood and life in danger.
Psychiatrist Scott Alexander (his first and middle, but not last, name) has worked for years to cultivate a small but thriving intellectual community through his blog Slate Star Codex. That came to a halt Monday evening, however, when Alexander deleted the blog, replacing it with a post entitled “NYT Is Threatening My Safety By Revealing My Real Name, So I Am Deleting The Blog.”
The blog drew about 20,000 visits a day and covered topics ranging from psychiatry, philosophy, political commentary and fiction. In a scandal apparently too big for The New York Times, the blog posted opinions from across the spectrum.
Average posts garnered between 100 to 1,000 comments each.
While The New York Times writer insisted that the paper’s guidelines forced him to disclose the blogger’s real name, the Times “has granted anonymity or pseudonymity to an Apple news executive, a left-wing podcaster, and even other subjects” of the writer’s story, according to the Free Beacon.
A devotee of the blog describes the loss “on the scale of, let’s say, John Stuart Mill or Mark Twain burning their manuscripts.”
Intent on erasing all dissent from their views, the cancel culture has adopted plays from the game book of classic totalitarian regimes.
Not surprisingly, how did the confrontation in St. Louis end? While the homeowners stood their ground, the mayor bowed to the mob and issued a groveling apology:
You can’t unring this bell Mayor @LydaKrewson . The harm you caused these constituents by maliciously doxing them on Facebook is proof that you are unfit for office. RESIGN. pic.twitter.com/pw93ksPv7L
— Jamie says #DefundCongress (@JamieGoneDoneIt) June 27, 2020
We may nominally still have First Amendment rights in America, but unless we stand up for them and have the backup by our elected leaders, those rights will sadly be in name only — or we will degenerate to a society where they will have to be defended like they were in St. Louis by the McCloskey’s and in previous generations in the Wild West.