IMO, even Hawking is misrepresenting himself with science; it is more that we are the result
of stable punctuated equalibria obeying physics which we know to be constant and steadfast
in the entire universe as far as we can tell to date. It is therefore inconsistent to be anything
other than a believer at that level as a starting point, but I remain hopeful that as we learn more
about our place in this cosmic milieu, our seeming uniqueness coupled with our inquisitive skill
sets may be more definitive to the point of at least affirming that we cannot ever know it all, and
that if we wish to use our emotional skill sets effectively, we should apply them to each other
instead of other ancient concepts, but of course taking into account all that has gone on before,
as the human condition has not changed much in the past 40,000 years or so and seems to be
an additive, positive "evolutionary" construct for mankind.
As far as guns go; we oughta get rid of cars and doctors too in that case, as they kill way too
many people...however, the Dental industry has a fairly good record that way...maybe we need
more of them instead ? Not really, they just seem to have an easier job which I am eternally
thankful for as a "Doctor of a lesser God", my coming book title.