I read a short article in the paper last Sunday where it said that a man (robber) walked into a gas station / convenience store, "showed the cashier a gun", and demanded money.
This caused me to wonder exactly what was meant by "showing" the gun? What's more does the manner of showing effect whether or not the conditions of justifiable lethal force have been met? For example, if the robber had it stuck in the waistband of their pants and pulled back their shirt or jacket, does this brandishing place you in immediate jeopardy or is it akin to having a gun in a holster?
To me, the action makes an implied threat of death as a means of coercion, making it a lethal threat, but could/would a DA argue differently?