Reuters recently published the results of a study about children involving "weapons violence", though the term was used just short of the broadest possible context. What was telling was the quote from the author of the study. From whbl.com:
“Millions of children are being exposed to violence involving weapons, and many of them are victimized by guns and knives, with an elevated risk of trauma and serious injury,” said lead study author Kimberly Mitchell, a scientist at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.The author is a highly educated woman. It is hard to believe that she deliberately made such an egregious error in English as to ascribe motivation and volition to guns and knives. Yet that is exactly what she did. People are not victimized by guns and knives. People are victimized with guns and knives.
The difference is profound. By ascribing motivation and volition to inanimate objects, the author removes responsibility from the persons involved.