David Blaska wrote:Actually, Lukpac, the purpose of a gun is to put food on the table, to defend against attack, for target shooting and marksmanship competition.
Exactly what I said: hurt/damage people/things.
Besides, handguns are generally not used for hunting.
Wow, take a break for few days and I find this amusing thread. Well, let's start wading through this starting about here---
There are plenty of handguns used for hunting. Generally they aren't the same guns as used for self-defense however. A notable exception would be Ted Nugent's favorite: The Glock 20, a 10mm that is exceptionally effective for both hunting and defense, in capable hands. Guns are designed for specific types of uses. Some are designed for defense, some for hunting, some are designed solely for the purpose of punching holes in paper targets in competition.
I hear the "guns only have one purpose -- killing" refrain all the time. That statement is clearly false however. The truth is that guns are used for many purposes. Logically, if the statement "guns have one purpose, killing" was literally true, then the statement by a woman "I carry a gun to prevent rape" would necessarily be false. I don't think that is a false statement however. It is also true that more often than not, guns prevent bad things from happening without anyone being killed or without a shot being fired. I highly doubt that a majority of cops who have ever drawn their guns on a suspect have actually had to shoot at the suspect, let alone kill them. Most of the time a threat of a gun is enough to stop a person without a shot being fired.* Based on that fact one can easily claim that the purpose of a gun is "not to kill someone, but to change their mind about doing something bad." Even in the hands of a criminal, most of the time a gun is used to change someone's mind about something, not to kill. Look at the local robberies that have occurred: few ever involve a shot being fired. But I'm sure the gun served its "purpose." The gun by itself, strictly speaking, has no purpose. The purpose lies entirely with the user's intention, and that purpose can be for good or for bad. There is no "single purpose" for any type of gun, and anyone who makes that assertion is demonstrably wrong.
* The same is true for non-law enforcement uses of guns.