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Guns, Culture, and the American Way

Culture involves at least three components: what people think, what they do, and the material products they produce. Thus, mental processes, beliefs, knowledge, and values are parts of culture. Culture also has several properties: it is shared, learned, symbolic, transmitted cross generationally, adaptive, and integrated.    —  John H. Bodley, Cultural Anthropology: Tribes, States, and the Global System, 3rd ed. 1999 I would add that culture is also about what we value and what we find acceptable. Somehow, our national culture has decided that violence is an acceptable way to settle a dispute. About ten years ago, my son Michael and I were watching a movie together. […]