That’s about it — after a homeowner questioned a man photographing his recently-foreclosed home, an argument ensued, and the photographer, an organizer for Glenn Beck’s 9/12 project, pulled out a firearm.
This story would be another ho-hum instance of far-right violence — like men toting rifles outside Obama events which, even with White House permission, is insane — but for the right wing’s vigorous online defense of the photographer. Let’s be clear on this, then: there’s no privilege to brandish a firearm, as in pointing it at someone, unless you’re facing an imminent threat to your life, or the life of others. Otherwise, it’s an assault, and you’ll go to jail, as this man should and will.
A freedom from the threat of violence is a basic right of every American, one that co-exists happily with the right to bear arms. Where the latter trumps the former, we have anarchy.