I say the best way not to get shot at is to not be a target, and certainly not to donate the ammo. Don't claim to be money. It's that easy.
I can't imagine that governments would ignore Bitcoin just because it didn't claim to be money. It's the fact that it can anonymously mediate exchanges (including exchanges with currencies) that makes it a threat.
The solution, IMHO, is careful design and implementation, not semantics (or pleading).
ichi: Why should I do your work for you? If you want to argue, then bring something to the table.
OK, would one of y'all be so kind as to post a forum URL for the prior proposal?
Re anonymity, many Bitcoin users seem far too unconcerned, IMHO.