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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Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?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Should it be repealed on the grounds that when originally written it was for a smaller population to defend the "State" and meant for Muskets and flintlocks not semi automatics and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 16 2013: "Common sense can win," Cuomo said. "You can overpower the extremists with intelligence and with reason and with common sense."

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=169389350
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      Jan 16 2013: 1 down 49 to go-)
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        Jan 16 2013: Too early to cheer. The key to NY new statute is the inclusion of mentally ill on the rolls for gun license review. The right to medical privacy trumps all. The lawyers are lining up as we hit submit.
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          Jan 16 2013: If they end up as potential danger to themselves or the general public it is null and void
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          Jan 16 2013: Never too early to cheer........every journey begins with a single step:>)
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          Jan 16 2013: @ Timothy don't need to bet I know
        • Jan 16 2013: Right, Treating me with respect as always.
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        Jan 16 2013: it will save lives
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          Jan 16 2013: Law enforcement officers who have no real understanding of law.
        • Jan 16 2013: That is always one of the most predictable statements... "It will save lives." I’m sure many totalitarian governments said the same thing when speech was limited; torture sanctioned, and lives erased to keep the leaders in power.

          The second amendment is a vital part of the United States; a necessary but understandable evil by those who grew up under brutal dictatorships
        • Jan 16 2013: Wanna bet?
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        Jan 16 2013: Not as you see it
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        Jan 16 2013: When was America ever a dictatorship ???? Why are you expecting it to become one because there is an African- American in the White House with an Islamic name?????

        Oh and the Queens fine thanks just celebrated her 60th Year on the Throne and expecting her first great grand-child

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