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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 26 2012: This pretty much sums it up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFfWYYCfCZI

    Also, people may want guns as self defense and while that may not change there is no reason an individual requires automatic weapons for self defense. Yet automatic weapons can cause much more damage when crazy individuals get a hold of them. So at very least, there needs to a ban on what kinds of guns people can obtain.
    • Dec 26 2012: I think the extent at which firearms are needed stops at hunting rifles.
    • Dec 27 2012: Your argument extremely collapses instantly because fully automatic weapons have been illegal for the citizenry to own since around 1936. As far as SEMI-automatic weapons I would like to hear your argument. Be sure to google the difference before posting so we can have an intelligent debate.
      • Dec 27 2012: An unnecessary insult. My stance on semi automatic weapons is the same as automatic and every other gun that has more than the minimum power to kill a man. Same goes for the amount of ammo in a weapon which should be minimal. A gun's best use as a self defense mechanism is to scare away any intruder. Once bullets have started to fly both parties are put into more danger than before anything started.

        I am against all guns however, for realism sake and considering it would be impossible to enforce a complete ban, if people feel they need a weapon for self defense a basic pistol/revolver is more than powerful enough for this use.
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          Dec 27 2012: Just curious to know if your position on firearms extends to the type of guns that law enforcement is allowed to possess and use? They don't do a lot of deer hunting, and their ordinance is for killing humans. Also, what is your stance on police use of tasers?

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