An Essay By Ward
Who's To Blame??
A baby is born and the first toy the father gets him to play with is a toy gun and when the child gets old enough to walk, he goes around pointing the gun at his parents and others saying "Bang, bang, you're dead!" And the parents exclaim, "Oh, how cute."
He gets a little older and is bought bigger and better guns and started playing with other neighborhood boys playing cops and robbers, cowboys and indians as well as war and he shoots the neighbor boy who falls down dead only to get up again and they start all over.
The father teaches him to shoot real guns and if he shoots well, his father doesn't praise him like the boy is looking for in a father, but rather puts more pressure on the boy by the father telling everyone his son shoots as is expected of the offspring of his family, but will also improve. But if the child shoots poorly, his father makes fun of him in front of him, even in front of boys friends, putting even more pressure on the boy to shoot better, so the son shoots straighter and better to please the father.
Later the father takes the boy hunting and if be makes a good clean kill, he is told he did what was expected, but let the boy miss or make a bad shot and he is not only made fun of, but a lot of his privileges are taken away from him, so he learns to shoot better, kill cleaner and is put up against other boys to prove his skills against others, including grown ups and punished if looses.
So he lives, shoots and kills, night and day to gain his father's approval. Now the boy goes into the service and eats, sleeps and breathes kill, kill, kill, and if he doesn't, he is punished, so he lives it day and night, awake or sleep.
Then he goes to war or what ever you want to call it and kills, kills, kills, and is even given medicine whether he wants them or not, and has to act like it is a big thing even though it makes him sick to be reminded by the medals and people around him of what he has been made to grow up into at this point.
Later something happens and he kills someone and the same people that put medals on him now want to kill him.
WHO'S TO BLAME???
Ward Weaver, California
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