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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 4 2013: Its up to us citizens to decide whether to am mend their constitution, or simply put some limits on what arms are acceptable, and the rules around these.

    I don't really understand the wild west mentality and militant distrust of authority. You beat the Brits 300 years ago. No more redcoats on the horizon.

    For my country i'd prefer to live in a society with less automatic weapons and guns in general floating around
    • Jan 4 2013: The "wild west mentality" is a fairly modern myth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEOIY7eGaTc (you'll find references too there).
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      Jan 5 2013: We would all love to live in a nice gun free, or should I say, "violence" free society. Getting there is the problem. We spend too much time thinking about what ipod we want of which car to buy rather than dealing with the needs of our society as a whole.

      My natural tendency is to be protected from harm. Guns are just one tool in pursuing this safe haven.

      There is a saying in Israel: "If the Arabs give up their guns, there will be peace in the Middle East. If Israel gives up her weapons, there will be no more Israel."

      We cannot disarm the world in parts, at a time. It would have to be all at once or nothing. I don't ever see that happening. Until then I prefer to remain armed. But yes, I would prefer peace on earth better.

      We should bear in mind that giving up the "Right to Bear Arms" is giving up a "RIGHT". It's not the same as making a country free from guns. The government will still have them. The police will still have them and criminals will still have them also. But the legal "Right" will be gone. How do we get that back if we need too?

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