LTE -- leaves me a bit cold -- not very strong, not directly an anti, but????. Is this a straight line for an anti? He writes a soft one and a friend has a rebuttal ready to go???

IMHO -- he shouldn't be talking about taking it apart but using it for protection, recreation, fun, etc.

However, I like the last line:

It is who wields it, not who invented it, that decides what a device is used for.

Lots of things can be considered weapons -- or not - Roanoke.com
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Lots of things can be considered weapons -- or not

Lots of things can be considered weapons -- or not

In response to "A nicely argued point, but wrong" (Feb. 2 letter):

The writer argued the point that guns were meant to kill and injure people and knives are not meant to be weapons. "Weap·on: any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war."

As all of us know, just about anything can fall into this definition. So if things that weren't meant to be weapons can become weapons, can it work the other way? Can things that were intended to be weapons be turned into something useful for things other than killing?

Many soldiers have used their combat knives to open packages, to eat meals and, in some cases, help field medics in prolonging life. How about a gun? If you are willing to ruin a gun and you are desperate, you can take it apart and find many useful mechanical parts inside of it (such as springs). Perhaps you can take the gunpowder out of the bullet cartridges and use it to start a fire. Is it still a weapon then?

It is who wields it, not who invented it, that decides what a device is used for.

KIRTLAND ROSS
ROCKY MOUNT