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First, I would like to say I exercise my second amendment rights daily and have been for quite a while now. I carry a firearm everywhere I can legally with a CCW. Forgive me if at times I rub off a bit bias. I'll try and stick to common sense and logic.
Concerning the original topic of this post -
In situations such as that one, its difficult for average armed citizens to process a threat quickly, and efficiently. We'd like to believe that we would be calm, collective and cool if we found ourselves in an escalating / threatening situation. In reality, we usually end up being the opposite. When someone's demeanor becomes threatening, we instantly lock up and defend. Its human nature to react in this way. I don't agree with this guys actions to draw a firearm. Based on the very little facts in that story, he was NOT justified in drawing a firearm. Only a select few states allow "defensive display" (AZ being one of them). However, this is a very, VERY strict way of warning someone you are armed and will defend yourself if the situation deteriorates any further.
Simply put, it says you have the right to "expose" your firearm and rest your hand on the grip in a "defensive" stance. This does NOT include removing the weapon from its holster. This reaction, however, is only warranted when there is real threat to you. Obviously "threat" can be perceived in many ways by everyone, but when it ends up in court... this guy better have had a deadly weapon.. and he better have threatened to use it against you. On your end, if the weapon comes out of the holster, there should only be milliseconds in between the draw and the discharges. Otherwise it leaves too many variables on the table that can work against you.
A guy following you, yelling at you... screaming, throwing his hands up and giving you the finger may be "threatening" but is he a "deadly" threat? No, not at all. He's probably a pissed off neighbor that finally snapped and couldn't take it anymore. He lost his cool and confronted the bike owner all wrong. Still, presenting a firearm to THAT situation is wrong. Both guys handled that confrontation wrong.