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Wrestling with the aftermath of the Orlando massacre

Gun owners and the National Rifle Association are among those who don’t want would-be terrorists to have easy access to firearms. The problem with using the no-fly list as a measure of who may not purchase a gun is that those placed on such lists would have their constitutional rights restricted without due process, based on bureaucratic error.

Due process is one of the cornerstones of our legal system; you are innocent until proven guilty. Worse, anyone mistakenly placed on a no-fly list has little corrective recourse to a timely appeal process.

In the Nazi era, spouses, neighbors and business competitors denounced one another to the authorities, often based on outright lies, hunches, feelings or faulty observations. You were automatically guilty until proven innocent. Is that the judicial system we wish to return to?

Paul CaparattaOceanside


It may be impossible to rid the hate inside the hearts and minds of some people, but it’s easier to disarm their hatred as much as we can. By voting for much stricter gun-control laws and better mental health laws, as well as outlawing semi-automatic weapons, we can make hate far less deadly.

We owe this vote to the men, women and children who have been killed and will continue to be killed by guns in the hands of the wrong people.

Julius JacobsEast Islip


I am a Republican, conservative Christian minister of a small church. The horrific Orlando shooting broke my heart. I believe it was not a gay issue, as such, or a gun issue. Rather, it was an American issue.

A self-proclaimed, home-grown terrorist attacked us all that day, just as others did on 9/11. We did not segregate those who died on that tragic day by race or other category. As a nation, we all took it personally, as we should.

I’m amazed that some want to blame the weapon rather than the person who perpetrated this horror. Some say the Second Amendment should apply only to muskets and rudimentary pistols, which were the weapons of that day. If that’s the case, then freedom of press and speech should only apply to the old hand-driven printing press, and not TV, radio or other media outlets.

Let’s get to the real source of these acts, which is not guns but rather a heart of evil. Tragic killings can be perpetrated with planes, pressure-cooker or fertilizer bombs, knives, drunken drivers and anything else handy.

John MurphyLindenhurst


The public is horrified, as well it should be, by the tragedy in Orlando. But let’s take a moment to look at what we love to watch on our TV screens: crime drama. Sometimes it looks like we just can’t get enough. What does that say about us as a people?

Frank SalernoMount Sinai


Islam does not promote any kind of intolerance [“Orlando shooter’s 911 calls released,” News, June 21]. In fact, it teaches harmony and peace. It teaches about preservation of life and freedom of speech at its core.

Shedding blood in the name of Islam is highly deplorable and unnecessary. Be assured that when it comes to the tragedies like the one in Orlando, Muslims of this great nation like me also feel the same pain and anguish over such mindless act of terrorism.

Erfan SyedJericho


After the shooting in Orlando, Newsday’s editorial board is to be lauded for providing an array of commonsense proposals worthy of legislative consideration to tighten gun restrictions [“Make this gun very hard to buy,” Editorial, June 19].

My lone objection is to banning guns for people on either the terrorist watch list or no-fly list. The no-fly list adopted after 9/11 is susceptible to false positives and has been criticized over concerns about due process and civil liberties.

FBI Director James Comey recently has shared his concern for the unintended consequence that such a proposal could hamper investigations and compromise surveillance of potential terrorists.

Michael P. MulhallRockville Centre