Violence in America.

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Why do human beings kill other human beings? Everywhere you look today, you find some sort of violence in your everyday activities. Television shows, video games, movies, books, and toys show killing as a game, rather the extreme tragedy of one human being losing their life. The first major theme in Barbara Kingsolver's article is that killing is an extreme action toward another person, and should not be look at as a joke.

Violence occurs everyday in our lives. People are being murdered everyday. It almost becomes a normal thing you see on TV, people dying. Kids watch movies or television and see people being killed, and think that it is acceptable for this to happen. Kids should be taught that killing is not a joke, but a very serious action against another person. Children model themselves after adults they see, and when they see famous rappers, movie stars, and political figures solving their problems with violence, they want to do the same.

Children see this, and think that violence is the only answer. Do you want America's future to follow in the footsteps of those in charge of America today?

"Killing is an exalted tool for punishment and control"(Kingsolver 548). Violence is used for punishment or control everyday. Whether it is the FBI, army, or terrorists, everyone has their own reason to commit violence to another person. However, children do not look at the details, but rather who are dying, and that it fine. Children in America are taught that the "bad" guy always deserves to die. However, Kingsolver states that, " 'Bad' is defined by the aggressor"(548). Any child, at some point, may be looked at as the "bad" guy.

Life is precious, and should not be taken lightly. That is one of the minor...