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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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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  • greg y

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    Dec 23 2012: No.

    The issue of violence and guns has many facets. I'm not afraid of guns, though I do respect them, and believe they should be secured at all times, commensurate with their ability to enable violence.. I'm afraid of irresponsible people with guns, but this is a very very small minority of the people with guns. There are millions of shooters who enjoy target practice at the shooting range, or who have a gun in their house for the normally unlikely chance of someone breaking in, or hunters assuming the role of the higher level predators. Semi-automatic weapons (including assault rifles) are useful and used by the target shooter, the hunter and the person protecting their lives. I have a gun in my house because I see the potential for political instability in the future that could be beyond the power of state and national governments to control. The rich get richer in a rigged system at the expense of the 99%. Global warming could affect food production enough to cause starvation and riots in my lifetime,.....

    Banning certain types of guns or magazines won't solve the problem. Cops successfully used revolvers to patrol the streets for decades. It only takes one bullet to kill. Two or three revolvers would be adequate to repeat Newtown. Other countries have minimized gun violence by drastically minimizing the number of guns in their countries, but they also have cultures different from the US, ones that value and respect people more (more socialist and strangely enough Christian in caring for their fellow man). There are too many guns in circulation for anything but a national confiscation plan to remove enough guns to reduce gun violence and I don't see this working with our national mindset and history of gun ownership. Maybe if we never let the guns enter circulation (all handguns) but its too late for that.

    Yes, we need to do something, and most everyone wants to do something, but it has to be the right something or the violence will continue.

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