To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Thank you for the thoughtful and factual editorial of Dec. 14 ("Is it over?").

I often wonder how differently we Americans would react if we read a hypothetical story that an Iranian had gone into a school in Iraq and shot 26 people, including 20 children. Or if a Muslim went into a mosque in Afghanistan with a machine gun and killed families there. We would probably think those age-old stereotypes of how they don’t value life as we do, right? But when it happens over and over again in our own country we feel sad and try to make excuses -- without ever looking in the mirror.

We don’t value life -- we value guns.

JEANNE MARKLIN

Williamstown