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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Anthropology of Guns

It doesn't take a lot of analysis to get anthropologists excited about a particular "find" from their thousands of hours in excavations. Finding a simple half of a prehistoric hunting tool causes anthropologists to beam with gratification.  

I'm not so sure what the future holds for anthropologists who, eventually, will find graveyards loaded with human killing machines, along with the growing number of gun violence victims. 
Guns for sale are displayed in Roseburg Gun Shop in Roseburg, Oregon, United States, 3 October 2015.
In a millenium, what will future anthropologists report when the remains of these human killing weapons are analyzed?

Why are humans compelled to invent ever more powerful tools for the purpose of killing each other? How will future behaviorial scientists respond when they excavate guns, bombs and tools created to inflict human carnage? How will they report the finds, when they determine the tools were used to kill human beings?

In my opinion, civilization can't continue to advance the human condition when we waste so much of our intellectual energy trying to defend ourselves against terrorism, gun violence in our neighborhoods and the threat of devastating nuclear attacks.  

Evil men like North Korean dictator, and despot Kim Jung-un and the despicible ISIS self proclaimed leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi threaten to figure out how to accelerate their fear generating rempages. In fact, the two demonically possesed men have already caused the world to be consumed in self defense.

Although this blog is not a doomsday  prophesy, the fact is, we who are writing and reading this analysis today will not be here in 1,000 years to explain to "future-pologists" about how we tried to prevent the evil perpetrated by violence on the human condition.

Nevertheless, all gun violence, wars and terrorism are preventable. In fact, the human beings who inflict harm on civilization are also entirely capable of supporting peace and world understanding. Tragically, Kim Jung-un and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and their followers, choose to inflict harm on all who oppose them. If these two low life men ever met, I suspect they'd even try to figure out how to destroy one another. 
A handout picture released by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior in January 2014 shows a photograph purportedly of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Bakr as-Baghadadi leader of the self proclaimed Islamic State
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State (IS) militant group, has been careful to reveal little about himself and his whereabouts.
Kim Jung-un despot of North Korea
Kim Jung-un became the leader of North Korea in 2011, having inherited his position from his father Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong-un has continued the country‚Äôs nuclear testing and what is believed to be the development of missile technology despite international disapproval.

Future anthropologists of guns will be unable to extract DNA tissue samples from carbon in rusted metal, wasted ammunition shells or ashes caused by bomb fragments.

Ironically, the United States of America is the world leader in defending innocent nations from the looming threats of global sea piracy, human trafficking and war. Yet, America is also where the highest per capita rate of gun violence occurs, on a daily basis.

The Statistics reported in BBCNews

Mass shootings: There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogues such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills or injures four or more people, including the assailant.

Source: Mass Shooting Tracker

School shootings: There were 64 school shootings in 2015, according to a dedicated campaign group set up in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut in 2012. Those figures include occasions when a gun was fired but no-one was hurt.

In the course of human history, our species has survived while other forms of life have gone extinct. Humans survived, largely because of our inate ability to think, grow our own food, reason and communicate our way  out of extermination. It's time to use these same God given intellectual gifts, wrapped in our human condition called "free will". We must figure out how to impress future anthropologists with our ability to rise from self inflicted ashes, rather than choose to become part of the carbon, rusting in graveyards full of deteroirating guns.

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