See I have to disagree with you there Brian, I personally prefer platform, but that is me. It has never bothered me. I would rather people stop using the term "sniper rifle". To me it is used more by mall ninjas and such. But we each have our own opinions and that is the way it should be. Firearms are weapons when used as such. Websters defines it as:
: something (as a club, knife, or gun) used to injure, defeat, or destroy
: a means of contending against another
I know people that have firearms for nothing more than target shooting. So they are like a hammer or a knife. It is like saying my steak knife is a weapon. When it really isn't unless it is used as such. A car is a weapon if used so, but not unless it was. The fine line is that firearms are mostly designed to be a weapon. It is all in the intent of the user or operator.
" The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to
keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect
themselves against tyranny in Government...." - Thomas Jefferson