Lawyer: Your honor, the court needs to understand that the motion picture industry employs hundreds of people in the process of making a feature length film.
Judge: Uh huh.
Lawyer: When these dirty internet pirates steal the movie, they are stealing the food from the children of these good people.
Judge: So you suffer losses?
Lawyer: Yes! Almost incalculable losses. That's why we seek the statutory penalty of $150,000 per individual.
Judge: [types on computer] I see that the film in question is available on Amazon for nine bucks.
Lawyer: Uhm, yes, I believe that is the correct amount.
Judge: So an individual who purchases this item through Amazon and watches it generates $9 in revenue, minus Amazon's overhead?
Judge: So your client receives up to $9 for the legitimate viewing, but somehow suffers $150,000 in damages because the method of viewing changed?
Lawyer: Your honor, it's complicated.
Judge: Enlighten me. Where does this $150,000 delta come into play?
Judge: Pain and suffering?
I believe the previous poster is suggesting that the presumption of innocence is significantly reduced when you have explosive devices and toss them at the cops.
WEAPON : something (as a club, knife, or gun) used to injure, defeat, or destroy.
For an item to be a weapon, it needs to be applied in a specific manner. The hammer, sitting on the table, won't jump up and bop you on the head all by itself. Neither will the firearm, nor the table itself, nor this nifty rock I have here. All of these items can be weapons when applied properly. The application (and intent) makes it a weapon.
Why would you want to put a hole in something from a distance?
Because that something is holding a knife to your daughter's throat? And because that something is unlikely to wait for you to go to the garage and get the extension cord for your drill because he's on the other side of the room?
As much as you don't like it, a gun is a tool for defending against a threat. It is highly optimized to he effective and reliable. It is the wrong tool to choose should you need to machine a hole in something, just as a square tipped shovel is the wrong tool for that job.
Offering pop-culture stylized big-cow underpants as a reward/bribe should only be used as a last resort, as it sets a bad precedent.
- there were plenty more in the toolbox
- the drill rod is "way over there"
- "Why do you care? It's not like it was *your personal* screwdriver."
And don't get me started on how ugly freebie handouts can get.