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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 4 2013: Obey No1kinobe:
    In reverse order to your comments:

    I am not sure what "your country" is but I respect you and your countrymen ( and women) deciding what is right for you.

    The "wild west mentality" and "militant distrust of authority" should be a healthy consideration in any country. Our founding fathers were very distrustful of ruling classes and specifically established a "check and balance" system of government .

    This included the right for citizens to bear arms as a protection from ruling classes seizing power and subjugating the masses. These values are deeply seated in our culture. Many Americans have volunteered, fought and died protecting freedom around the world, not only of America but to the aid of the oppressed of foreign peoples.

    In your country, wherever that may be, America would fight for your right to self govern as YOUR people see fit. Please remember that the British are not the only Redcoats out there, and a well armed public would be a nightmare to subjugate.

    The Assad Regime comes to mind, and a populous that will no longer tolerate that oppressive government. Assuming that Assad eventually falls- will the new government be more democratic more Pro-USA?
    Doubtful- but the people of Syria have the RIGHT to chose there own system of governance.

    Finally, The discussion of firearm laws in the USA is part of a world wide focus right now due the school shooting last month. Each year for the last 20 years or so there has been on average 150 people killed in these mass shooting incidents, from other counties it is easy for the media to portray this as the "Wild West"
    but the fact is there are 300 million people in the USA, statistically this number in miniscule. The profound cause of this is not the gun but our broken health care system as it is impossible to pay for mental health services, and privacy laws prevent the reporting of dangerous mentally ill people.
    Thank you for your comments, I hope my reply has been helpful.

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