WATERVILLE -- A state representative from Garland was arrested Saturday morning for pointing a handgun at a man at point-blank range in a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot.One can reasonably expect this sort of behavior out of some of Arizona's Republicans, given their history of gun-fetishist behavior, and it's not much of a surprise when you see it in certain Western or Plains states (i.e. - Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, etc.), but the farther north and east one goes in this country, the less one expects to find occurrences of it.
The legislator, Republican Frederick L. Wintle, 58, faces a felony charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon for pulling a gun on Morning Sentinel photographer Michael Seamans, of Sidney, in a public area near a busy road.
And you don't get any more north and east than Maine.
Of course, it's easy to see the difference between Maine and Arizona (aside from Maine having winters straight out of a Jack London novel :) ) -
- In Maine, when a lawmaker engages in violent behavior, the leader of his caucus (in this case, the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives) wants him barred from the House.
- In Arizona, when a lawmaker engages in violent behavior, the leader of his caucus (in this case, the President of the Arizona State Senate), declares that he is the victim and defends the lawmaker in question and not the real victim.