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Let's look at some basic

Let's look at some basic definitions:

Assault:

"An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal or civil liability."

"The punishment for criminal assault is a fine, imprisonment, or both. As in aggravated assault, the severity of the crime, the extent of violence and harm, and the criminal intent of the defendant are all factors considered in determining the sentence imposed."

Emphasis Mine

Hopefully now you can see why pointing a laser or gun at someone is a crime. Or even threatening to run someone over with your car even if you don't actually do it.

Source:http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/assault