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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 22 2012: If you take away the right to bear arms criminals and people like this will still get weapons illegally like they do now, and they are the ones that plan to use them to harm people. Its like illegal drugs they are illegal yet people still deal and do drugs.

    What would the government do about all the people who already have guns? Would they take them away or let them keep what they already owned and payed for?
    • Dec 23 2012: Will they?

      Where do you think the criminals get their guns. They stole them from the people that had legally registered them!

      If nobody had guns then how astronomical would the odds be that a criminal had access to one? Think about that for a sec. Guns would be such a rare commodity the criminals would be at each others throats over them.

      Today in the US, if you see somebody with a gun you hardly give it a second though in certain places they are so prolific. If guns were outlawed, any body seen with a gun would be marked man. He'd have to go to extreme lengths to keep it hidden.

      As it is today with the current state of the nation, it's almost crazy not to have a gun because the paranoia has become so deep you now need to protect yourself from every single one of your neighbors who is also living in fear of every one of his neighbors, especially the manic depressive that lives on the corner, the troubled vet across the street, the druggie teenager that keeps his daughter, the new immigrants from the middle east that just moved in down the road............

      I feel like I'm watching a slow motion train wreck as it happens

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