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Guns, tools or dangerous weapons? What is your view and why?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TCB in TN, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. TCB in TN

    TCB in TN Well-Known Member

    I have been involved in several discussions over the years where the argument centered around whether guns are merely tools or whether they are so much more dangerous that they fall into their own category. Just curious as to the view that folks on here have, and how that view impacts the way you handle them.
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Cars, chain saws, firearms are all very dangerous when improperly used. Can anyone reasonably say that one is more dangerous than the other? No, of course not.

    So is a chain saw a tool? A car? Sure. If these machines are just as dangerous as firearms then and they're considered tools then it makes little sense to put firearms in a separate category just because they're "guns". Tell people to drop the mystical impression and look at the machine.
  3. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Weapons. I don't even know how this "guns are tools" business got started.
  4. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    So what if they're dangerous weapons? There's nothing wrong with being dangerous. It is in fact a prerequisite to continued survival on this planet. I'm dangerous. Doubly so with a firearm. So what?

    I always liked this quote from the Two Towers:

  5. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    Guns are tools, used for a specific purpose, however guns are not in the same category as hammers and chain saws... you can't hack someone apart with a chainsaw from 30 yds away, and you can't smash someone's head with a hammer from very far at all unless you're a skilled axethrower (or similar) or drop it from the top of a building (or some other equally silly explanation that I'm sure 30 people will think of posting)

    Guns are used for hunting, self defense, plinking/training and war. There's a tool for every job.

    Think of the difference between hand tools and power tools like the difference between say swords and guns. You wouldn't use a sword to open a package just like you wouldn't use a gun to cut down a tree (unless you happen to own a LOT of land, and have one or more NFA firearms)

    Last edited: Jul 2, 2010
  6. ny32182

    ny32182 Well-Known Member

    Weapons are tools. These are not mutually exclusive concepts. Indeed, one is actually a subset of the other.
  7. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    Guns have always been tools, as well as potential weapons.

    Tool - object or device used to make a task easier.
    Weapon -tool used to attack something or someone.

    A car is always a tool. When someone uses it to intentionally run someone over, it's a weapon.

    This thread will eventually devolve into "designed or intended usage vs potential usage."
  8. c919

    c919 Well-Known Member

    It all depends on who's holding the gun....
  9. Mudinyeri

    Mudinyeri Well-Known Member


    Guns are not dangerous. People are dangerous.
  10. Dnaltrop

    Dnaltrop Well-Known Member

    People are the weapon, A gun is just a rock with range and Shock value.
  11. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    Depends on how it's used. Lots of things are dangerous weapons when used as a weapon.
    It's hard using that argument against anti's since they have it firmly engrained in their mind that guns have only one purpose while cars, saws, hammers, etc. have more "practical" everyday uses.
    The tool impacts the way I handle them. While I might be less careful with a screwdriver or a level I handle a circular saw or nail gun the same way I handle a firearm: very carefully.
  12. TheProf

    TheProf Well-Known Member

    1. Guns are nothing more than tools. "A tool is an instrument designed to serve its master."
    2. More specifically, a gun is a tool that is for the purpose of stopping another human being. A tool with this purpose is called a "weapon".
    3. So the term "weapon" is a subset of the term "tool". All weapons are tools. Not all tools are weapons.
    4. A weapon is neither good nor bad. It has no inherent moral trait. It all depends on who uses that weapon. In the hands of law abiding citizens, a weapon used to stop a criminal from doing evil would be considered a good thing. The term "weapon" is not automatically a dirty word. Weapons are good in the hands of good people. As a society, we have become so politically correct and "sissyfied" that many have lost the concept of self defense.
  13. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I have half a dozen things in my office that could be used to kill someone. (No, no guns).

    Thing is, I am not going to kill anyone.

    There are "tools" in our shop that can maim or kill if used improperly. We stress safety all the time.

    Guns are weapons. Weapons can be considered tools. They can be dangerous when used improperly, or "properly" by a bad guy, just like many other things in our society.

    People are the problem, not guns, saws, knives, swords, bats, 2X4's, tire irons, lawn darts, rocks, cars, boats, jet skies, walking across the street, etc.

    How does it impact me? I am very careful when using anything that can do damage to me or others, not just guns.
  14. hammerklavier

    hammerklavier Well-Known Member

    Words mean things. Guns are weapons. They are only tools in as much as all weapons are tools. All weapons are dangerous, at least to their intended target or targets of like size.
  15. CTPhil

    CTPhil Well-Known Member

    On the farm, a gun is a tool.
  16. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

    Definition of weapon: "any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting"

    Definition of tool: "an implement used in the practice of a vocation"

    Seeing as how not all firearms are meant or designed to be "instruments used in fighting or hunting" it seems that the second definition (that of a tool) is the more appropriate.
  17. Zack

    Zack member

    HSO nailed it.
  18. Zoidberg523

    Zoidberg523 Well-Known Member

    Yep, same as chainsaws, axes, hacksaws, screwdrivers, drills, table saws, knives, box cutters, wrenches, (and on, forever). :rolleyes:

    They are tools, and like any tool, their danger depends on who is using them.
  19. Oyeboten

    Oyeboten Well-Known Member

    Guns are Tools, and or are a sub-set or Category of Tools.

    At it's simplest, Guns are devices which propell an evolved or sophisticated 'rock'.

    Tools are anything which extend the reach or facility of the Body, be it the Hand, the Eye, the Foot, the Stomach, or the Brain.

    A Refrigerator is an accessory pre-Stomach.

    A Commode, an accessory post-Bowel.

    A Microscope, an extention of the Eye.

  20. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    Weapons, yeah.
    Tools, yeah.

    In either sense, there is no way on this Earth I would use a gun for what it is intended to be used for, if it was not, in fact, dangerous.

    To paraphrase something that has been said on this site a few times:

    Isn't that gun you are carrying dangerous?
    It better be, I would not be carrying it if it wasn't.

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