If you are a regular here you know how rare it is for me to comment on anything political. I made an exception here; http://www.gunshowstoday.com/anti-gun-sentiments-in-the-current-administration/
Personally, I will never think of my gun as a weapon. I define a weapon as an offensive tool, be it a pen, a knife, a bat, a trowel (I was once threatened by a landscaper with a trowel), or a gun. My gun will never be used as an offensive tool, only as a defensive tool, or for sport such as target shooting or training. Therefore, I do not think of my gun as a weapon.
We need to define our terms, both according to a standard, like Websters, and by our own standard.
Be careful how you refer to your firearms and take opportunities to encourage friends who are anti-gun to examine why they feel that way. Who knows, you might change their mind.