To the editors:

Real soldiers shoot real bullets and really get hurt when they get hit, while suburban chickenshits play bang-bang with spitballs and call it “instinctive male aggression.” Do they jerk off in front of G.I. Joe dolls, too?

Paintball and the people who play it [“War Is Swell,” February 15] are an obscene parody of warfare and everything noble or chivalrous about physical competition. Playing at masculine rituals is even more demeaning than rejecting them altogether.

An Army veteran


PS: I’ve got a pal who refuses to play paintball because he says that the trajectory of the pellets is different from that of live ammunition and he doesn’t want to lose his firing touch over a candy-ass kids’ game.