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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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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    Jan 1 2013: My knowledge on this argument is not extensive but the way I see it the original point or objective of the second amendment is no longer an objective in modern society and is no longer necessary while it is impeding the progress towards our current objectives.

    The 2nd amendment was put in place because the founding fathers of america wanted to be able to raise a citizen militia in case of trouble. A citizen militia is no longer relevant, the military threats faced by the US today cannot be solved by a citizen militia and issues that can be are in all likely hood a thing of the past. So the amendment no longer fulfills what it was set out to do and that is to protect the US and whats more it now seems to be compromising the safety of the US's citizenry by preventing legislators from introducing any effective measures to control the spread of
    handguns

    There are now a lot of other issues at play but shouldn't the amendment then be amended to specifically deal with these issues because the original issue is no longer relevant?

    So I say yes, the time has come for the second amendment to be repealed or amended
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      Jan 1 2013: Hi Joshua,
      You make some good points in addressing the purpose of the 2nd amendment, intent of the founding fathers, and relevancy in todays society.

      The amendment, as written, however, is probably NOT "impeding the progress towards our current objectives". It appears that nothing was repealed or amended when a ban on assault weapons was adopted previously, because it appears that the constitution and 2nd amendment provides for "regulation" of guns.

      I wholeheartedly agree with you that it is time to do SOMETHING about assault weapons freely circulating in our society.

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