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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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: This issue should be taken up at the state, county, and city level. That would make the majority rule closer to fair for all affected communities. Someone in a upscale gated community does not have the same concern as the person in a bad area or a person living next to a bad area.

    For those that say banning guns, or certain kinds, will prevent everyone from having them consider this:
    New orleans had a gun buyback program. The guns turned in were later found and used in crimes.How did they get back on the street?
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      Jan 5 2013: Excellent points Gary!

      This issue IS addressed on many levels, including state and city....at least in THIS state.
      According to your profile you are from LA? I suspect it is addressed on several levels there as well....hopefully, you are involved with that process:>)

      You ask...how did the guns turned in for a buyback program end up back on the street? That is an EXCELLENT question for the authorities in your state. Hopefully, you will pursue that question where, and with whom it is applicable:>)
      • Jan 6 2013: As usual missing the point. The 2nd Amendment is second to the 1st Amendment you so freely exercise here in this discussion. It's not the gun that's bad, but the criminal behind it. You can restrict, ban, confiscate, destroy, or even buy back guns. You'll never keep them out of the criminal's hands. Barring having a police officer in everyone's house 24/7, who will be there to protect you and your family when the bad guy comes through your door or window loaded for bear?
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          Jan 6 2013: I don't think I'm missing anything Larry....are you?

          Gary made an excellent point to address this issue on state and city levels as well as the federal level. I agree with that idea, and believe it is happening in at least some states.

          I am aware of the meaning and purpose of the 1st and 2nd amendments.

          I agree that it is the person behind the gun who is responsible for the gun.

          I agree that we will probably not be able to keep all guns out of the criminal's hands, and I DO believe that we can at least try to get some of the assault weapons off the streets.

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