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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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


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 30 2012: Of course, I think it's horrible that shooting rampages are the suicide-bomb equivalents in the US. But, I actually do see the sense in the 2nd Amendment standing, as is. The US is still a relatively new country founded on personal liberty. The historical significance of this Amendment is more than just a quaint old figurative oddity. I'm sure it still means a lot to many law-abiding, license-carrying, totally sensible, non-murderers.

    The issue is Education. This Amendment, in particular, deals with something exacted for death, that many aren't taught how to properly handle or the full consequences of using--so, to have the issue of guns so prominent in US citizens' lives and in public debate, yet not actively teach about it (i.e. its numbers in the neighborhood; safe storage; potential faultiness of owners; what it means to shoot to kill; Do we really need one?), is why the Right to Bear Arms too often is, instead, a ridiculous, scary, senseless spate of totally preventable deaths.

    All the non-murderers who uphold this original Right need to reclaim its rightful significance through Education. A gun-free USA will only happen when everyone willingly chooses not to own one through critical thinking. Same with a USA that no longer has senseless shootings, but responsible gun ownership.
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      Dec 30 2012: Hi Genevieve,
      If, as you suggest, the issue is education, the opportunity exists within the public school system to provide this education. Great idea, no excuse for not understanding the do's and don'ts of gun ownership.

      I also concur with you that the 2nd Amendment is more than just a quaint oddity. The point of the Amendment flies over many heads as does the concept of making the right to bear arms, outside the scope of state censorship.

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