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"Guns are just tools"

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Nightcrawler, Sep 15, 2003.

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  1. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Member

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    Hear this a lot from a few members. Guns are just tools, they say. They just use whatever works. These folks often prefer plane-jane guns like Glocks.

    But I suspect that there is more to the story....

    I mean, c'mon, guys. Guns are JUST tools? You don't think they're the least bit special or cool? Then why are you hanging around a gun forum? Do you also belong to online forums about blenders, lawnmowers, cars, hammers, electronics, and all of the other "tools" you own?

    I think we all have to admit. Firearms rock. :cool:
     
  2. Mark Tyson

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    They are unique tools. Because of government policies guns have become symbols of freedom. To those other people out there, they are symbols of crime. Unfortunately the latter view seems to be taking hold as more and more people grow up never having experienced the gun culture.
     
  3. BryanP

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    Oh, I don't know. I'll bet you could find forums about lawnmowers, cars, hammers, and electronics if you try hard enough. And you know, if you dig around you might even find one where you can talk about blenders. :D

    I can guarantee you that no matter what your hobby or interests, there are people who are going to look at you and say "Cool!!" and there are others who will look at you and say "Uh, yeah. Sure. Whatever floats yer boat bud."
     
  4. Standing Wolf

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    Some tools are just tools; some tools are truly elegant. It would be an extremely bad idea to try to steal even a rusty, bent old screw driver from me.
     
  5. greyhound

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    I have been especially flaky today (thinking there's 52 states and all:rolleyes: ), but doesn't it take a major war for there to be a real appreciation of the gun culture?

    Think back to "Unintended Consequences", with the WW I vets hauling home all those firearms.

    I may make no sense, but it seems that depending on your firearms for your very survival might have some effect on your view of RKBA.

    Combined with the fact that people used to have to hunt for survival, you see a much different attitude about firearms.

    And yep, Mark Tyson, if you hear about guns today in the media, they are mostly portrayed as the tools of crime.
     
  6. Rembrandt

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    ..."it's a poor workman that blames his tools"....

    ...I view mine as collectible artistic metal sculptures with great historical significance....
    ;)
     
  7. RKBA 4 Ever

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    A tool?

    I don't pick up a hammer and practice driving nails. I don't pick up a saw and practice cutting lumber. I don't pick up a screwdriver and... well, you get the picture.

    I do however pick up my pistol and practice shooting. I wouldn't say it is a tool in the conventional sense of the term, but when it is used to complete a "task" such as defending my life then I hope it is a tool that I use correctly and afficiently.
     
  8. P95Carry

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    Loosely speaking, yeah ....... a gun is a tool ....... it is a piece of machinery, finely engineered to act as a launch platform for a projectile.

    It is what goes beyond that that makes it more than just a tool. In almost all cases, the engineering contained within is in itself something to appreciate ....... there are overall esthetic factors, and then all the ''sporting'' connotations.

    By definition then ... for me ..... a tool but, one that has way more ambiance and versatility than a superficial appraisal might yield.

    I'll stake my life on that!!!:)
     
  9. 4v50 Gary

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    A tool that is either symbolic of a free man or of a oppressive government.
     
  10. Nightcrawler

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    And how many put custom grips on their cordless drill? Who takes pictures of their belt sander and posts them on the internet? Anybody here every get all excited at the purchase of a new refridgerator and post on a web board about it?

    Guns are one of those things that inspire real pride of ownership in people, much like cars (though I'm not into cars myself, there's a HUGE industry around customizing and personalizing automobiles).
     
  11. 10-Ring

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    Guns for me are more than tools. If they were only tools to me, I'd only have one :D
     
  12. Doc

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    yes "just" tools:
    think compound, sliding miter saw
    NOT hammer...
     
  13. GSB

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    Guns are tools, but tools in the same vein as cars or motorcycles or planes. Cars and motorcycles and planes are "just transportation devices", but they also hold a romantic beauty for those of us attuned to such things. So it is with guns. Not all guns. Not all cars (no one will ever call a Chrysler K a thing of beauty). But some guns. Some cars. Some motorcycles.

    I don't know if I'd want to drive an Auburn to work every day, or keep a gold-inlay Colt Navy for a carry piece, but they sure as heck are pretty.
     
  14. Nightcrawler

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    Ah, Doc. So, is there a popular web forum promoting the safe and responsible use of compound, sliding miter saws? Do you have yours engraved? :D
     
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    "And how many put custom grips on their cordless drill? Who takes pictures of their belt sander and posts them on the internet?"

    Tee hee. Lol.
     
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    Guns can be anything...if nothing else they are merely a reflection of their owner.
     
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    If stupid and evil men wanted to ban yoyos as much as they want to ban guns, we would be using this forum to discuss "walking the dog". Sometimes you can judge the value of a tool by the people who hate it.
     
  18. Mike Irwin

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    Yep, guns are just tools.

    Just like my hand planes.

    But I REALLY REALLY REALLY like my hand planes!
     
  19. Zach S

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    I'm in that group. I dont like glocks.

    But, like with whatever has "craftsman," "stanley," "husky," "kobalt," "black and decker," "Dewalt," ect, stamped into it or painted on it. I still enjoy using them, even if I'm not really doing anything.
     
  20. Carlos Cabeza

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    Yep, just tools. Only some don't care and purchase "Made in China" and some insist on MAC, MATCO or SNAP-ON. :D
     
  21. Matthew_Q

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    My gun is a POWER TOOL.


    Actually, I think of my firearms as tools and sporting equipment.
     
  22. BigG

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    Guns ARE power at the most elemental level.
     
  23. Majic

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    Some may refer guns as tools, but my guns represent untold countless hours of fun. I've never had to shoot a human (now that would take the fun out of it), but all the uses and aspects of my guns today have been nothing but fun for me.
     
  24. C.R.Sam

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    Those who enter nail driving contests practice.
    Same with wood chopping and axes.
    Assorted clases of racing belt sanders.

    Many things that are used to make a living are also used for sport and/or become the focus of collections.

    Firearms, edged weapons etc have over the centuries been used for sport, collectable items, means of making a living.....

    And a means of remaing free, alive etc.

    Sam
     
  25. Fezwig

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    I have a friend at work that is into RC trucks. He is always on the forum downloading movies of other people's trucks and fantasizes about building a track in his backyard. And he thinks that I am the weird one.

    Fezwig

    P.S. I think he has spent more on his trucks than I have on all of my guns combined.


    P.P.S You're right, Guns do rock!!<BG>

    :neener: :neener:
     
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