There has been an incredible uptick in the sale of guns. Guns sales have risen dramatically in recent years, but sales took off after the government lockdown began and state and local officials began restricting the movement and the rights of the people.

Once the American people began to see just how quickly and how easily the government could strip them of their basic rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, it became clear that they needed to arm up and be ready to defend against totalitarianism.

The rioting and looting that followed on the heels of the plague was further evidence that the American people might have to fend for themselves. The police can no longer be counted on to defend the people. The police have been made to stand down by corrupt politicians as anarchists are given the freedom to rule the streets.

And so the people have taken up arms to defend themselves, their families and their property.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey were forced to do just that on Sunday night in St. Louis as "peaceful protesters" broke through the gate and on to their private estate. Faced with the possibility of violence, the McCloskeys armed themselves against the threat and drove the protesters away.

The McCloskeys are under criminal investigation for defending themselves and their property. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner has accused the couple of “a violent assault” against those exercising their First Amendment rights.

“I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault,” Gardner said. “We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.”

With calls to defund and abolish police departments and the reluctance of spineless politicians to use their police to enforce the law, it is becoming abundantly clear that the American public cannot depend upon the government to protect them any longer. They must be prepared to defend themselves.

The next time some anti-Second Amendment type asks you why you need a semi-automatic weapon, just tell them about Mark and Patricia McCloskey.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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