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Morgan Barnes

Law Enforcement Officer, government agency

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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 21 2012: The amendment in question had to do with defending against the British in colonial days, and the citizen's right to form a well-ordered militia.

    Well, the British are no longer a threat to American democracy. America has innumerable police forces, ("good guys with guns"), plus an enormous - and OH, so costly - military establishment, to ward off foreign oppression.

    Legitimate hunters can continue sport hunting with bolt-action rifles and pump action shotguns. Unless you want to give Bambi and the duck no chance at all of survival.

    So if you want to retain the "right to bear arms" - how about at least reducing the potential calamity of arms abuse by demented people, by restricting the TYPE of arms you insist on bearing. And do you really need to bear them in church and shopping malls?? Schools?

    Funny how many other countries with much lower murder rates and far fewer guns, manage to get by without universal gun ownership.
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      Dec 22 2012: What are these other countries? Why do they have fewer murder rates and fewer guns? Post the answer here as it is relevant to this discussion.

      ... Some people might feel the need to have a gun of their own and not want the military and innumerable police forces to be the sole owners of guns in this country. Why trust the military and police forces or government to be responsible with those guns and use them to protect the people? ... Did the national guard not mow down unarmed students at Kent State in the 70s? Who gave that order?

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