I would imagine that people who bring home made protest signs to townhall meetings probably aren't interested in a healthy give-and-take. Interested or not, that is what Barack Obama offered one such young man in Florida last week:
Good on Obama. Basically, 'I did what I thought was right, and if you don't like the way I handled the situation, vote for another person, or run for office yourself.' No pandering, just straight talk and tough encouragement.
No doubt the protester was a little ruffled by the reception the crowd offered, but it had to be a good experience for him. We are still part of the animal kingdom, and it is necessary for every young person to test their mettle against established powers. This guy happened to find none other than the (probable) next U.S. president to spar with.
And as an added bonus, no one was tazed!