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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 8 2013: After reading many of Morgan's replies, it is apparent she thinks she is worthy of ruling us. Morgan, the reason we have not had a government try to take over is the second amendment. Unlike the folks down under, we will not voluntarily turn in our arms. We are Americans, Something you just can not understand.
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      Jan 8 2013: No I don't think we would want to rule you to be honest, why would we want to inherit all your problems. Have enough of our own

      Okay to outsiders it seems strange but what is really scary and in a lot of ways incredibly sad is the fact that the majority of you would prefer to keep your firearms over keeping your citizens safe from each other.

      So the question then is ------- Does the right to own a firearm come over the cost of your children?? Don't they have a right to be ableto go to school without fear???

      Don't you want to be able to drive to work without fear of being car jacked or go do your shopping without that nagging little fear of some fruitbat going postal in mall???

      Can you sit in cinema and watch an action picture with out that little piece of doubt crossing your mind and wondering if someone in here is carrying the same firearm as the guy on the screen???

      When did the right to bear arms supercede the right of the people to live without fear of their neighbours???
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        Jan 8 2013: You're blowing this way out of proportion. I nor anybody I know is in fear of being gunned down when out. Noone I know lives in fear of their neighbors. I imagine if you live in one of our bad areas you may have that concern.

        Beating a dead horse here but taking guns of any type from responsible /capable citizens will make our children no safer.

        Anti-gun (or certain types) folks want us to give up our guns for the death of a small number of people at the hands of an even smaller number of people without considering what it means that even without a gun, some can still be in danger. Take a choice of arms from millions of non murderers in response to a tragic few deaths and save maybe a few lives if it happens again, makes no sense. Loss of one life as opposed to 20 is not a win. If you want to save a life, aim at saving all lives. Do not resort to, maybe, reducing deaths by limiting magazine capacity and infringing on another persons choice, rendering them more vulnerable.
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        Jan 8 2013: To say owning of firearms and advocating the right to bear arms is making a choice to sacrifice our children is a bogus claim. It is a guilt trip and has no merit.

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