Originally Posted by MadMorbius
If I substituted the word "hammer" with the word firearm, would it be justified? Any object is only a weapon if used as such.
I realize what you are saying here, but it's kind of splitting hairs. One could keep going in that direction by saying "well, what if he had a 2x4" or "what if he had a glass bottle". The fact of the matter is that a gun is created specifically to kill or wound another living thing.
Don't get me wrong, I agree about your arguments on being on your own personal property, but in public, it simply cannot be socially acceptable for people to be waving firearms around, real or fake, regardless of if they plan on using it.