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Morgan Barnes

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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?

After yesterdays tragic shooting in Newtown CT and the worst year ever for firearm related deaths and mass killings , has the time for the US Government to tell the Gun Lobby it is over and repeal or amend "the right of the people to bear arms".

Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and military hardware, which makes it no longer viable on account of relevance to this day and age.

That Militia should be held to Law Enforcement agencies, Military and government controlled Para military agencies, with a show need, clause for people such as certain Primary producers etc.

Is it time to tell the NRA and the Gun Lobby there will be no more "collateral" damage no matter how much you donate to the "Party"

What would be the best way for the government to enforce such a law???

And please no Guns do not kill people, people kill people debates it was people who invented firearms in the first place.

The time has come to realise it is mainly our children who pay the ultimate price for lack of diligence in monitoring a problem that has been there for far too many years.

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Closing Statement from Morgan Barnes

Firstly I would like to say I did not flag or delete anyone's comments I am perfectly capable of speaking for myelf however I did get frustrated and had some comments deleted myself.
As I write this President Obama has signed 23 executive orders inline with Colleen's post from yesterday from New York.

I have to admit I am a little disappointed that we could not of just discussed the issue in a more calm, critical and logical manner and be able to offer solutions as well as recognised the underling causes, as this is a forum for open ideas and thinking, Then again we are dealing with human nature.
To those of you from the International community thank you for your imput and allowing people to see the different views helds in different parts of the world on this subject.
I will not deny that the Constitution and The Bill Of Rights are the backbone of America, but remember it was written by man not given by god and man can take it away or amend it, if he really wants too.
I am a believer that in the 21st Century we should use it to advance humankind to address the problems of the world and improve it for all. It won't be easy but we have to start somewhere or we risk implementing our own destruction.
I hope that this be a positive start and and an even more positive step in which the US can show the way.
Once again I thank you all for your contributions

"In a progressive country change in constant : change is inevitable "Benjamen Disraeli

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    Dec 16 2012: This may be off-topic and I apologize if so. But this timely and valid question should only be posted by an American citizen, Mr. Barnes. We are talking about amending the American Constitution, after all.
    • Dec 16 2012: OK, but the question and the responding opinions may influence people in other countries. The entire concept of citizens defending themselves by a right to bear arms is not limited to one nation.

      True the specific question applies to USofA.
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      Dec 16 2012: Yes the question applies to the US of A but you forget that this is a question that effects the whole world not just the USA.
      The rest of the world looks towards the USA and there are many who believe in the American way of life and wish to be emulate it, the good and the bad parts of it and that has included people picking up firearms and going out and committing mass killings.
      America is a major power and with that power comes responsibility not only to its own citizens but towards the rest of the world as well.

      Just for the record I have lived and worked in the US and have seen the aftermath of similar situations.
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      Dec 16 2012: So crazed gunmen in the US don't shoot tourists?
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        Dec 16 2012: No we have a strict policy regarding this as it hurts the tourist trade although we do occasionally have to make an exception regarding the Aussies. (8^(l)

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