An object used to kill something.
A tool to use to incapacitate a threat.
They were invented for war, then used for self defense, then used for hunting. There is also a major overlap within the second two. Hand guns were used for issues like wolves where a musket wasn't gonna load fast enough. They traded force for speed.
Guns are made with the intent to kill, injure and/or intimidate.
I like to go hunting
I see a gun as a tool to use for incapacitating a threat. Incapacitating a threat doesn't even mean killing in all situation. A gun can incapacitate by scaring the threat. A gun can also incapacitate by shooting the threat with a nonfatal shot.
I can shoot him in the leg, and he will live.
Only liberals hate guns.
it was originally one, but shifted
It is essentially a tool but people in defense and military careers (along with thugs) mishandle them and see them as tools for ending a life.
Guns are different from swords and other weapons only in effectiveness. They were invented as tools of war, but since they exist, they are needed as tools of self-defense since aggressors could try to attack you with weapons of the same deadliness.