In human confrontations, violence, like argument, is a form of dialogue. Words and weapons both serve as means of expression and convey messages. And in both cases the ‘vocabulary’ is extensive, the range of options considerable. Choice of weapons in the dialogue of violence, like the choice of expletives in an argument, may reflect the depth of antagonism.
–Lee Kennett and Jules LaVerne Anderson, The Gun in America (1975), p. 248