On today’s episode of Hardball, Chris Matthews grills William Kostric, the fellow (and—perhaps unsurprisingly, given the “Tree of Liberty” sign he toted today—the Ron Paul supporter) who brought a loaded gun, “to make a statement,” to today’s Portsmouth town hall:

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.