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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 3 2013: I wonder if the same people who advocate the possession of guns for protection, have the same view of Iran’s desire to produce a nuclear arsenal to ‘protect’ themselves against other global superpowers? It is exactly the same argument.
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      Jan 4 2013: Not the same, very exaggerated ... I do see the point you are trying to make though. I wonder if the difference of death toll is the one that matters most.
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        Jan 4 2013: The death tolls do not matter to the victims. You are just as dead if you are shot down by a criminal or one of many to be incinerated by an atomic bomb. And the loss to the mourners left behind is no different.

        Often the best way to explore the true essence of a problem is to expand it to its largest and smallest extreme, and if it still holds true then it may be valid.
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          Jan 4 2013: What i am getting at is: Does it make it a different argument when considering the small amount of gun deaths with the intention of killing (not suicide, accidents, etc.) compared to dropping an atomic bomb intentionally, killing tens of thousands immediately and the same number overtime by radiation.

          In my mind an extreme would be if more than half the population was being gunned down a year.
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          Jan 4 2013: Are you suggesting waiting until half the population is gunned down before addressing the issue?

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