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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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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  • Jan 1 2013: Just for the record, I am completely against having armed guards in all our schools, or even any of them, even in the inner cities. This sends the wrong message. We are already a far too-violent society, so what we need is not only less guns (fund some sort of redemption program to bring in the ones already out there), but far less violent movies, ban all violent video games where kids sit and practice how to blow people away, and fund a lot more mental health programs for teens in schools and mental health clinics or institutions.
    Most of all, our leaders have to stop hating Muslims and firing drone missiles which scatter the body parts of Pakistani children all over their compounds... the leaders must lead the way to peace. Start talking with the "enemy" like that graphic designer in Israel who Facebooked a design of him and his daughter reading "I (heart) Iran, we would never bomb you"... when we realize the "enemy" is a human being like ourselves who loves his/her children and parents, etc... then we can curb violence. Switzerland has a higher per-capita rate of gun ownership, but no mass shootings, because they have a society that has traditionally valued non-violence, pacifism, and neutrality in all armed conflicts. We have to become such a society, valuing "Love your enemy" more than we treasure guns. After all, is your pride in gun ownership anyway even close to as important, as vital, as heart-wrenching, as a parent's pride and love for his/her child?
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      Jan 1 2013: Sometimes it is necessary to state the obvious. I have to agree with you on everything except I do think it is necessary to have solid security in the schools, if that means an armend guard, so be it. And if people want to give their guns up, I have no problem with that.
      However, kicking in a new layer of prohibitions, executed by the government, (the single largest armed entity in the nation), sends a bad message also.

      I love that you used the words "Brotherly Love". These words used to be the benchmark and need to be again. Tolerance, by it's very definition assigns someone to the position of the "tolerant one" and another to the "one to be tolerated". Sort of like agreeing to sit next to someone and wearing a clothespin on your nose.
      Immanuel Kant quoted Fredrick the Great as saying that he hoped he would never find himself so arrogant as to call himself tolerant of any man.
      Most of us are not going to ever criminally assault anyone, whether with guns or other weapons. We need to model our society after the majority of the people and not create laws that relegate everyone to the level of a potential man-killer.
      Thank you for your post, it is encouraging.

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