I think in that particular case the person Jed made those comments to and to who he eventually banned was someone who registered here that very day for the sole purpose of butting into that discussion. He was generally abusive to the other regulars who were genuinely trying to clearly express a point of view.
If it had been a long time regular who just got swept away in the heat of the moment, then perhaps Jed's actions might have been seen as too harsh and over the top. But in this case this person was clearly an "outside insurgent" who had never posted here outside the context of that thread and didn't have a history with this place, it's personalities, and it's accepted community standards.
Native XWA.Netter (Nutter?)