I will carry a gun as a weapon because to me that's it's purpose.I don't want to carry a tool.
I think you misunderstand me. Any weapon is ALSO a tool. Any weapon OR tool can be used for good or evil. It isn't "just" a tool, it is a very important tool - the most effective and portable tool for self defense.
Some tools are fairly safe (like a spoon) and some are highly dangerous, like a table saw or a welding machine. The relative safety or danger rests in the operator, however, not really the tool. Someone can be killed using a spoon, and a home can be built using the saw. It's all in the hands of the humans who use them.
Some tools are general purpose, with many uses, and some are highly specialized. A gun is a very specialized tool, made for only one purpose - to throw small projectiles at high speed for various distances. What that projectile hits is the work or job the tool is put to, but has nothing to do with what it was made for. That is the business of the one who operates the tool.
So, while it is important to recognize a gun as a weapon, it is also just as important to see it as a tool, both of which rely on the human hands holding or using it for the use to which it is put.
I'm not trying to preach here, but just feel it is important to understand this concept. The anti-gun folks so often try to use the emotional and inaccurate idea that a gun is somehow more dangerous than anything else in our hands
, so it is vital to show them that guns are tools and not really any more dangerous than the people who hold them - or a screwdriver, etc.