The rioters were trespassing on their property and Missouri is a Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground state. The McCloskeys had every right to defend their property. Therefore, the McCloskeys did nothing wrong.
Oooh, now you’ve got me thinking about this fascinating subject of self-defense
Here are some hypos for you, presented in quiz format with no answers given so as to not insult your intelligence, although, hint: each pairing below contains one situation where castle doctrine/stand-your-ground applies and one situation where it doesn’t.
A. A burglar in a disguise approaches and starts trying to pick your lock.
B. An Amazon delivery-boy drops a package on your front doorstep.
A. You bring a date home and they try to rape you.
B. You have a friend over for a relaxing dinner and they behave themselves.
A. A dude across the street points a gun at you.
B. Someone across the street farts in your general direction, claims your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.
A. A BLM protest starts chucking Molotovs at your house.
B. You pull a gun on a BLM protest on its way to the mayor’s house because the media told you they were scary.
How’d you do?
That wasn’t so bad, was it?
And at this point you may be asking yourself: well, isn’t that all just common sense?
And the answer is: Yes!
Caste doctrine is nothing more than the codification of common sense!*
(*A certain kind of shoot-first, ask-questions-later kind of common sense that unfairly neglects the possibility of non-violent methods of conflict resolution even in tense situations, but admittedly, a common-sense that many and even most Americans subscribe to.)
That said: what is castle doctrine *not*?
The codification of lunacy, or a blank check to smoke anyone who looks at you funny inside your own home.
Some BLMs did indeed come on their property, hence why trespassing charges were filed against some of the BLM people. Due to the nationwide riots, the McCloskeys had reason to fear for their property being destroyed and their lives in danger as well. Therefore, Castle Doctrine is justified.
https://www.foxnews.com/us/nine-blm-protesters-cited-for-trespassing-on-st-louis-property-mccloskey-suspects-there-wont-be-any-charges Yeah yeah, Fox News bad, whatever.
—The protestors were walking on the street, not the McCloskeys’ private property.
—“Stand your ground” and/or “castle doctrine” doesn’t give you the absolute right to wave a gun at someone who steps a toe over your property line, assuming that even happened.
The doctrine abrogates the so-called “duty to retreat” but there must still be a reasonable perception of threat such that a justification of self-defense is triggered.
Brandishing these guns at peaceful protestors on their way somewhere else was a totally disproportionate response.
Your meme is from a different protest and is a complete non-sequitur. The protest marching by the McCloskeys was peaceful; nothing was set on fire; nobody was hurt; nobody’s shit was taken. They were going to protest at the mayor’s house for having released names and addresses of BLM activists at a press conference 2 days prior.
Seeing these scenes plastered on the nightly news or in a meme or wherever doesn’t justify assaulting any and every BLM protest. You still have to use your brain.
The elephant in the room is the same one that's core to police brutality. Blacks are perceived by many in the U.S. as "threatening". So the Mc Closkeys are standing behind the castle doctrine with the "justification" that they felt threatened by all those blacks on the street.