Well, whether or not the police got it right, the fact remains that a civilian in Georgia put a lot of people into a state of fear and anxiety when he brought a gun to a park where little league baseball was being played. He brandished it out of his holster, waved it around, and scared the poop out of most people there.
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The police say the gunslinger did nothing illegal. That's actually questionable. First off, the new Georgia "Guns Everywhere" law doesn't go into effect for a few more months. Evidently this dude couldn't wait. And it's still a criminal act of "assault" to put people in fear for their lives, regardless of whether or not a gun holder has a permit to carry.
Assault is an act that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent, harmful, or offensive contact. The act consists of a threat of harm accompanied by an apparent, present ability to carry out the threat.
Evidently these cops who responded the to many 911 calls of fear and apprehension for their safety, were not scared sufficiently to rise to the level of imminent, harmful or offensive contact. The fright of possibly losing their lives doesn't seem to have risen to that level in the officer's minds. Or maybe they didn't think the gun being brandished rose to the level of being judged as having the ability to carry out the threat. Or even possibly the cops don't understand the definition of the law.
This time the man with the gun didn't shoot, but people reported him. Children were scared. Others sought shelter in the dugouts. Beginning July 1, 2014, when the "Guns Everywhere" bill goes into effect, let's see what happens. The Georgia legislature and the governor don't feel there are any problems. Do you share their confidence?