I doubt anything will change with the media, but why is every firearm automatically a weapon? I mean if they are doing a cooking segment the implement utilized to cut vegetables is called a knife until someone uses it to stab someone else at which point it became a weapon. The implement utilized to hit a baseball someone thew at you is called a bat until someone decides to whack someone else with it at which point it is called a weapon. The implement utilized to drive nails into wood is called a hammer until someone hits someone else with it at which point it is called a weapon. So why is a firearm automatically deemed a weapon? Sure, it can be utilized for that purpose, but the vast majority of firearms are never utilized as weapons and most are no better than paperweights much of the time. So we should stop calling firearms weapons unless they are used as such. A sword is just a sword until someone takes it down off the wall and goes all Ninja with it so a firearm should simply be a firearm until it is used otherwise.