Letter: Difference between gun and weapon


As a former officer in the Military Police Corps, who has trained soldiers on how to use a weapon, and an avid gun enthusiast and instructor who has taught the skills of shooting, I am compelled to write concerning the use of the word "weapons" in your "Women & Weapons" piece (Steamboat Pilot & Today Sunday, April 21). A "weapon" is an instrument of attack or defense.
A gun, in the sense I believe was intended for the article, is an instrument of skill, much like a pool stick, or a golf club. Granted, a gun may be used as a weapon, just like a kitchen knife, baseball bat or God forbid, an airplane. It is a matter of intent, which is determined by the user, not the instrument. Thank you very much.
Tina Kyprios
Steamboat Springs


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