It's a matter of perception. I teach 4-H Shooting Sports. When I went through the training, it was stressed that we not refer to the firearms as "weapons". Nor do we use silhouette targets. Working with kids, the primary idea is to get them into an environment where we can teach life skills. I'm former military, and have shot competitively. This was a hard habit to break. Each time one of us said "weapon" we had to put a quarter in the coffee kitty. In two days, I was in for $8.Perceptions can get you into trouble as well. A wise NRA instructor once taught me that we do not carry weapons. We carry firearms. Weapon is an offensive term while forearm is defensive. It took him about 20 times of teaching me that point in two days but I finally got it and now try to spread the word everywhere people will listen.
I'm also a CCW permit holder. What I carry is a weapon in the truest sense of the word.It's pretty hard to compartmentalize the two.1. any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war as a sword, rifle, or cannon.