Terrorists with designs on attacking us in our homeland have good reason to thank the National Rifle Association ["Unmasking the peddlers of hate," Opinion, May 8]. Our country is awash with guns, ammunition and other ordnance.

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The bad guys don't have to run the risks of smuggling this stuff into the country. All they need is the money and a "patriotic" gun dealer -- all compliments of an organization that fights even the most commonsense attempts to control the gun trade, aided by craven politicians of both parties.

Stanley M. Blumberg, Port Jefferson