Lee-Anne Goodman
The Canadian Press
August 12, 2009

Editor’s Note: In Canada, the media puts William Kostnic in context with death threats against Obama.

[efoods]Death threats are part of the job for any American president, but Barack Obama has reportedly had more levelled against him than any commander-in-chief in history.

Concerns about his safety are mounting in the midst of a tense summer that has seen mobs of angry demonstrators showing up to protest Obama’s health-care reform plans – including a man openly carrying a pistol on Tuesday in New Hampshire, where the president held a town hall meeting on health care.

It’s legal to carry holstered weapons in the state, so long as they’re not concealed. The man was also waving a sign that read “It Is Time To Water The Tree of Liberty,” a reference to the Thomas Jefferson quote: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

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