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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 13 2013: There is an August 2011 Scientific American article entitled 'How New York Beat Crime.' It describes how New York City reduced violent crime over the last 2 decades, homicide, robbery and burglary dropped by 80%, car theft by 90+ %. It accomplished these results mainly by taking the police out of the cars that respond after the fact, in proven high crime areas. They had most police on foot patrol enforcing socially acceptable behavior. For 2 decades, the NYC police have been really tough on misdemeanors. Year by year, the violent crime rate has dropped, as better behavior is expected and strictly enforced on the street. I ask, would expecting more responsible gun behavior help America's gun problem? In Canada, we probably own as many guns per person as folks in America. However, mostly we keep them unloaded and locked up at home. We don't carry our guns on the street. We only take our guns to the shooting range, or out hunting. When I "Googled" how many Americans carry sidearms, the answer seemed to be about 2-3%, not the 60% that pro-gun propaganda would seem to indicate. Apparently, the silent majority of Americans (98%) that feel safe enough walking down the street unarmed, are willing to show a lot of tolerance for the wishes of the handful of pistol packers.
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      Jan 14 2013: I don't know, it sounds pretty primitive that a police agency has to teach people basic manners. If we are looking for better ways, maybe not giving 39 Awards from ever movie award organization to films like GOODFELLAS, might be a start. I can stop Hollywood from glorifying every demeaning behavior, but I don't have to spend my money to support it, I don't have to teach my children to become numb to it.
      If I were a black mother, a day would not go by when I didn't try to convince my sisters to throw those televisions out of their homes and vote with their dollars to boycott any sponsors who taught my children through music or film the garbage aimed at those children. And that goes for every other home of everyone who wants a better world. We have stronger and more lasting tools in our hands than the police.

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