Originally Posted by L_Killkenny
No they are not. A gun is no more inherently a weapon than any other inanimate object.
This argument simply does not hold water for average people. Ordinary usage of the word indicates otherwise.
By that logic, NOTHING is ever ANYTHING except an "inanimate object" until you actually use it for something.
A hammer is not a tool until you hit nails with it.
A car is not a vehicle unless you're driving it.
A sneaker is not a shoe unless you're wearing it.
It's astonishing to me how desperately we try to make our firearms into something they're not, especially since we seem to be the only ones in the world who care and certainly the only ones who believe it.
This is like the firearms worlds version of Schrödinger's cat. It's not dead or alive until you open the box.
It's not a weapon until you use it.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.