"international incident" with gun avoided: CNN Correspondent Ed Henry gets upset that an elderly woman has a gun for protection

Let me get this straight, there is an elderly woman with a gun who asks a stranger to leave her property. She doesn't fire the gun. She doesn't even seem to point it directly at him, just holding it in her right hand. For some reason, I also don't think that this guy understands Texas law. However, to CNN this is something on the verge of an international incident.

Next thing you know the woman is outside, no more than a few dozen feet from the journalist, demanding that he leave. "Suddenly she comes out and she says, 'Get off my property. You're trespassing,'" recalled Svensson.

Svensson was too preoccupied to notice the pistol, and was not aware that Texas law gives homeowners leeway on using a weapon when someone is trespassing on your property. All of us journalists across the street were too far away to see the pistol at first, until a Danish photographer with a telephoto lens announced to a bunch of us that there was indeed a weapon in the elderly woman's right hand.

As word spread that the lady had a gun - which she did not use - I can tell you it's a severe understatement to say White House and Secret Service officials were a bit concerned about the fact that they had just dodged an international incident. Ditto for Svensson, who was alarmed when he safely crossed the street and was shown dramatic still photos of the lady holding the gun.

"I will show the photos to my wife and children," Svensson told me. "They thought I was on a safe trip."

CNN was not able to reach the woman for comment.

–CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry



Blogger Rail Claimore said...

I understand the media's want of exercising First Amendment rights. But is it me, or do the MSM seem to have a lack of respect for private property and privacy? Perhaps their disrespect for the Second Amendment is correlated.

3/05/2008 4:36 AM  

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