Most would probably do what you say (being in house), but have on mind that David Dorn was shot dead in St Louis couple of days ago before the event when he was inside the building, so such news could augment any fear to be inside the building. However, their action was not the smartest to do.I was around the riot in 98 and I’m currently a gun owner, so I can speak from personal experience on this.
If I were in their situation, I would not be waving and pointing guns round. Crowds have the tendency to turn hostile and dangerous for the smallest provocations. If I were truly afraid of my well being, I would have stayed in the house and watched, with guns nearby but out of sight. The best defense against an unruly mob is invisibility; I’m safe as long as I don’t attract any attention.
Based on other videos that have surfaced and the couple’s history, I’m convinced that they were motivated by anger and indignation rather than fear. How dare “these people” trespass on the neighborhood, even when they don’t trespass on the couple’s private property. Karen was walking halfway up the front lawn toward the protesters, with a pistol pointing at them. That’s not a behavior of somebody fearing for her life, that’s an attempt at intimidation. If they were truly afraid because some of the protesters were armed (as they claimed), they would have put a wall between them and the crowd.
Gee, there are people with guns on the street. Since we fear for our lives, let’s walk up to them and point our guns at them. That would surely make us safer.
If you read the article, the McCloskeys have filed a lawsuit claiming ownership of the piece of neighborhood land between the streets. I think they were attempting to bolster their claim to that narrow strip by defending it from trespassers. It’s all about money and their ego.
Karen looks like she is not trained in weapons, and during the investigation, they declared that the pistol was inoperable, maybe a lawyer's trick to abolish her for pointing firearm to the protesters.
With a couple of hundred people outside I think it is not likely that the motive is arrogance-you can see that on their faces that they are gone crazy of fear. If it was a dozen people, maybe yes, but 2-3 hundred, I doubt, especially if you do not know the intentions of the protesters. Enough to have 2-3 short-tempered persons and the situation could escalate.
All their personal characteristics are probably true.