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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 29 2012: Amending the Constitution is a complicated & unwieldy process, & there's no way that Congress or the requisite number of states (75%, if I remember correctly) would go along with what you propose. We've had an assault weapons ban in the past, & I could see that coming back if it happens quickly (say, before March 1st), but the NRA would certainly do everything they could to block that as well. During the early part of this decade, there were some rumblings about filing some public-health-based lawsuits against gun manufacturers in order to recoup some of the public costs resulting from the use of guns in crimes (I think these were loosely modeled on the lawsuits against the tobacco companies in the 1990s), but the NRA had enough clout during the George W Bush administration to have a law passed that basically immunized them against this kind of action.

    The Sandy Hook massacre offers a brief window of opportunity for a few incremental improvements in our national gun policy. It seems to me that we might be able to re-institute the assault weapons ban & maybe ban semi-automatic weapons as well, & also that we might be able to get rid of the 30-round ammo clips & get all ammunition labeled so that we can trace a used bullet back to the purchaser. This doesn't really amount to much, but it may be all we're capable of accomplishing in the current political environment. The US Congress is dominated by big money & as dysfunctional as it's ever been, & the average state legislature is even worse, so I'm not optimistic.

    The gun question in the US is complicated by different assumptions & concerns that are dictated by whether one lives in the city, the suburbs, or the country & by the fact that many Americans still hunt. I have no problem with hunting, & I have no problem with individuals who feel they need to own a handgun or a shotgun or a rifle. I don't see any legitimate reason why an individual private citizen would need an automatic or semi-automatic weapon.

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