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Letters: After massacre, discussion of guns

In this photo released by the New York

In this photo released by the New York City Police Department, several guns are placed on a table. They're among 354 guns that were surrendered June 4, 2011, in a cash-for-guns event in the Bronx. (June 5, 2011) Credit: AP

I just don’t get it. Why are assault rifles still being sold? They are not needed for hunting or self-defense. The only purpose that I can figure is killing as many people as possible in the quickest amount of time [“New gun laws unlikely,” News, June 15].

Background checks can be complicated, and there’s too much room for error. Not allowing the sale of assault rifles seems to be a logical deterrent to the heart-wrenching loss of life that we have had to face too many times.

Diane McGuire, Northport


Ask anyone who planned and carried out a murder with a gun: Would banning gun sales have stopped your action?

Jerry LaForgia, Lynbrook


The nation mourns in the wake of the horrific massacre in Orlando, as we pray for the victims.

Alas, no protection can cease evil madness. This is not a time for political gain.

We pray God will help us to heal.

Susan and Robert Davniero, Lindenhurst


There’s only one place to put the blame for the tragedy in Orlando, and that’s the National Rifle Association. The organization says guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Even if Omar Mateen were trying to kill as many people as he could, how many do you think he could have killed without the AR-15 rifle and pistol he carried?

The NRA says people could protect themselves if they’re armed. The fact is, when someone is shooting a semi-automatic weapon, people don’t run for their gun, they run for cover.

John Fanelli, Hauppauge


Do we really want a president who makes illogical decisions? Donald Trump says that if the victims in Orlando were armed, lives would have been saved.

Can you imagine if everyone were armed? When approaching vehicles for traffic infractions, every police officer would have to be even more concerned about facing someone with a loaded weapon. Think of the thousands of nightclubs and bars where arguments take place. What if everyone were armed?

Since 9/11, there have been fewer than 100 Americans killed by jihadists on American soil, yet there were more than 153,000 people killed by fellow Americans with guns.

Gene Reynolds, Ridge