I like this comparison as well, and if they were to put up a statue of a doctor they would put him with a stethoscope in his hands. In statues of scientists they put test tubes and other scientific tools in their hands. In statures of artists they put brushes and pencils in their hands. In statues of religious leaders they put Bibles in their hands.Comparing the guns at Columbine with the weapon in her husband's hands is like comparing a criminal's knife with a surgeon's scalpel.
A rifle is a service man's tool.
How many had to swear by that...
This is my rifle.
There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend.
It is my life.
I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless.
Without my rifle, I am useless.
I must fire my rifle true.
I must shoot straighter than my enemy,
who is trying to kill me.
I must shoot him before he shoots me.
Granted, that's just the Marine's Rifle Creed, but the dependency of a service member on his weapon is universal to all branches.
Putting up a statue of a SEAL without his rifle is like writing a book about Christopher Columbus and not mentioning that he was ever in a boat!