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An intellectual exercise: Let’s say that, in the wake of the horrific Orlando shooting, the United States restricts Muslim immigration.

By that logic, should the U.S. have restricted immigration from Italy during the 1920s and ’50s, when the Mafia was at its peak? The Mob, after all, was more widespread — and more dangerous to more Americans day by day — than Islamic terrorists are.

(Personally, I want Immigration and Customs Enforcement to investigate every newcomer to the United States and refuse entry to anyone who might have terrorist sympathies, but not to ban anyone based solely on religion.)

And what should the U.S. do about American-born killers like Orlando’s Omar Mateen, San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan? Do we shutter U.S. mosques and block Internet sites based in areas under repressive Islamist regimes?

(l like freedom of religion, speech and political opinion, so I prefer monitoring them rather than shutting them down.)

Of course, another option is blocking the sale of AR-15 assault rifles to suspected terrorists — but that’s another topic altogether.