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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 9 2013: Letter to the President 29 Dec 2012 - Part One Please read above 1st (Sorry):

    Mr. President,

    Every facet of who I am compels me to write this letter to you. My name is Charles Clingensmith CPO USN Retired (2011), I am a veteran, patriot, husband of a Kindergarten teacher, father of two amazing little boys (3/8), and a student of Gunsmithing at Lassen Community College.

    During my military career I had many opportunities and experiences to work with amazing people, including serving at SEAL Team One as the Intel Chief for LT Matthew Flavin; recently the former White House Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy. I had the distinct pleasure of serving with Matt from late 2004 until he resigned his commission in 2007. In my 20 years in the Navy there has never been a better Naval Officer to serve under.

    The purpose of writing you is a desire to open a dialogue regarding the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th. I pray for the families of those lost that day and am fiercely proud of the teachers and administrators that stood up to the gunman. Never before in my life have I been so affected by a tragedy such as what happened that day. Just like many Americans I have witnessed my share of tragedy: My wife and I watched the events of September 11th 2001 unfold on television while stationed in Japan; while I deployed with SEAL Team Three in 2006 the command faced the loss of Marc Lee; I visited my friend Dan Cnossen at Bethesda Naval Medical Hospital after he lost his legs in Afghanistan, and on August 6th 2011 I mourned the loss of soldiers I had served with, Aaron (Chainsaw) Vaughn and JT Tumilson, while deployed with SEAL Team One in 2005 and 2007.

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