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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 18 2012: Hi Morgan, I raised a similar debate when the young black boy, Trayvon Martin was murdered in Florida earlier this year. The debate highlighted to me just how divided the US population is on the gun issue - and how violently each side holds their views.

    Like you, I watch the TV coverage of the latest massacre and wonder why US politicians don't come together to at least ban automatic and semi-automatic firearms and concealed weapons. Surely, having a self-selecting proportion of the population legally able to carry a concealed gun is a highly dubious “national right“ if the ultimate human right is a right to life. If the US is wedded to its Cowboy roots then let them carry a six-shooter pistol in a holster on their hip. At least everyone can see who to avoid!

    The global problem is that weapons make weapon-owners feel powerful and strong, and no one with that mind set of fear is going to give up such an addictive psychological crutch. If you ban guns altogether they'll carry machetes (like the Rwandans did) or knives (as is rife in some areas of the UK), or illegal guns and explosives (like the mad raciest Norwegian mass-murderer), or a cross-bow like in the fictional "We need to talk about Kevin".

    We really do need to talk about what life is all about. What makes it worth while? Work? Earning a high wage? Wearing the latest fashion? Driving a new car? Or, spending time with our loved ones and community? How do we get out of the habit of “casual cruelty“, how do we value human diversity, how do we value the clever kids as much as fit kids, or kind kids, or creative kids, or average kids - and how do we carry that respect on into adulthood.

    I don’t know the answer, but their must be another way than only feeling safe if you have a semi-automatic pistol in your belt.
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      Dec 18 2012: Heather, thank you for that beautiful article, if you are an American good for you, cause you live a one of the greatest counties on earth, belief me when I say that; on that note, our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and the community of Newtown and America at large. Today. America is the global symbol of a free Nation State, where the Government is entrancingly afraid (respect) its citizens partly because of their freedom, for the most part the right to bear arms against its government if need be.

      America though free yet still in captivity of the bondage of the FREE, which is also convoluted in the balance and protection of individual and collective rights. Unfortunately incidences like the recent shooting are part of the price to pay as America seek the perfection of it Union. Whatever America does in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting, “ do not toss away your freedom”. I think safety is not so much about what you have on your belt but what you have in your hearth, the answer is somewhere between healing the broken mind (I think sometime you call it mental health) and the Others among you.

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