Donald Trump suggested a way the Orlando shooting could have been stopped: Armed patrons could have shot the killer, who was armed with a 223 AR-style Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and a Glock 17 9-mm handgun [“Trump wants it both ways on guns,” News column, June 20].

I propose that Trump hold a shoot-off at one of his casinos — Trump against any contestant he chooses. Arm Trump with a handgun and his opponent with a 223 AR-style Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle. Let them pace off 10 steps, turn and fire.

I would put my money on the opponent.

David Tannenbaum, Levittown


One of the several mind-boggling statements that Donald Trump made was that if more people in the nightclub in Orlando had guns, the massacre might have been stopped. Yet, he opposes banning assault rifles. He said that more good people need to have them.

It’s hard for me to understand why he thinks that people buying semi-automatic weapons now are all good people. If a ban on selling them were in effect, Omar Mateen probably wouldn’t have gotten a weapon that can shoot two or three bullets a second.

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These weapons have no use except mass killing. For sport hunting, you want a gun that will shoot very few bullets very accurately. The AR-15 has no use except in warfare, or to shoot up a large group of people.

Fred Harber, Great Neck


Regarding how we interpret the Orlando events: We are and have been under attack by radical terrorists who are hostile to our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy.

Anne Leonardi, Mastic Beach