You can use a hammer to off another human being but I don't see people spazzing out over hardware stores.
Jeeze, how about a little perspective.
Just remember, you can be arrested in Philladelphia (well, you USED to be subject to arrest) for having a baseball bat in your car. Unless you had other baseball equipment as well.
Same logic as to why truckers back in the 70's took hammer handles and 'pressed on' a few inches of pipe, then used a wood burning tool to burn "Tire Checker" into the wood.