A weapon is defined by intent

Monday February 11, 2013

In the Feb. 5 op-ed column by Michelle Gillett "Gun groups come after kids." Ms. Gillett takes Junior Shooters Magazine editor Andy Fink to task for his claims that semi-automatic weapons (guns) "are a tool, not any different from a car or a baseball bat." She then uses Webster’s dictionary to describe a car as a machine, a baseball bat as an implement, and a gun as a weapon. Based on those definitions she suggests that Mr. Fink does not really know what gun is of does. Bravo Ms. Gillett.

May I suggest Ms. Gillett re-check the definition of the gun, and also the words weapon and assault. According to my Webster’s dictionary, the definitions are:

Gun: Any portable firearm, such as a rifle, a shotgun, a revolver, etc.

Weapon: Any instrument of device for use in attack of defense in combat, fighting or war, as a sword, a rifle, a cannon, etc.

Assault: An unlawful physical attack upon another person, an attempt to do violence to another with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.

By reason of these definitions, we may conclude that a gun is a firearm, unless used to assault another person, in which case it can then be called an assault weapon. The same applies to knives, hammers, bats, golf clubs, etc. Š Any of these items can be used for good or bad, depending on a person’s mental stability.




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