THERE is no shortness of theories as to why Americans kill other Americans. Some blame mental illness, others the popularity of violent video games and slasher movies.

In a recent Daily News opinion piece, two other theories were proposed. Joel Mathis hinted that it is a severe form of male chauvinism and suggests that "men need to try to act better." His writing partner, Ben Boychuk, wanted to pin the blame on publicity and the media for glorifying acts of mayhem.

America leads the world in mass murders (by individuals, not crazed despots). Does that mean that our citizens are more mentally imbalanced than Europeans, Asians or other cultures? Are our young men more easily influenced by shoot-em-up video games or mass-murder-promoting movies? I do not believe so. In many of the cultures mentioned, violent video games and murderous movies are more prevalent; their incidence of mental illness is no greater than America's. Yet, there are very few incidents of large-scale, senseless killings.

Since we are no crazier, no more easily brainwashed, no more chauvinistic, nor is our media hungrier to publicize - what is different here?

There is only one answer. Guns. Guns everywhere or easily attained.

Jaime Reyes


Where is the love?

First, I would like to commend your newspaper for the wonderful article written on the life and times of Matthew Saad Muhammad recently.

Unfortunately, I am disturbed that in the City of Brotherly Love, with a great history of fantastic boxers, that the TV channels didn't even mention or show any historic fight clips on the passing of this world-champion boxer. It doesn't show any respect for this popular boxer.

While he was alive people paid attention; when he died people act as if they forgot.

Matthew was in some of the most exciting slugfests boxing has ever seen. What does it take or how much does it take to get some "respect" and "love" in the City of Brotherly Love?

Mack Mercer

Holmes, Pa.