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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 31 2012: I find this whole argument very skewed. The mental health agencies and all the bureaucracy, drug pushing, greedy pharmaceutical companies need a major overhaul. Many individuals are in crisis and that is what is Front and Center for each of these events. Please acknowledge these outcries for what they are: a Cry for Help.
    Now, how can we remedy the orientation of this crisis. The gun is the bandaid, we need to be more in tuned to helping our society to become balanced. Mental Health is the beginning of the conversation. Period.
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      Dec 31 2012: Good girl! The most optimism we have is that the next generation is aware that these short sighted authoritarian solutions to everything are outdated.

      It will be difficult for the dinosaur generation (aka baby boomers), who, in large part must have been doing something else while this country shirked it's moral codes at every juncture including mental health, to understand that their failures are now their legacy and nobody is waiting anxiously to hear their "solutions".

      The only one being held accountable for the mass shootings are the gunowners. What was the staff of the school doing while Adam Lanza slithered along the walls of the school buildings during his tenure there? What was so important that he needed to be mainstreamed when it was obviously not good for him? Why don't they have a 3 month and 6 month evaluation of unbalanced patients, on and off their medications? Where the patients are not on the street but evaluated in secure settings since they are so dangerous?
      Here is an excerpt from the PRECAUTIONS for Zoloft:
      Patients, their families, and their caregivers should be encouraged to be alert to the emergence of anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, mania, other unusual changes in behavior, worsening of depression, and suicidal ideation, especially early during antidepressant treatment and when the dose is adjusted up or down. Families and caregivers of patients should be advised to look for the emergence of such symptoms on a day-to-day basis, since changes may be abrupt. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's prescriber or health professional, especially if they are severe, abrupt in onset, or were not part of the patient's presenting symptoms. Symptoms such as these may be associated with an increased risk for suicidal thinking and behavior and indicate a need for very close monitoring and possibly changes in the medication

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