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A Serious Change of Mind: I'll Take An M-107 too!

Updated on September 14, 2012

(Note: I have written this piece several months ago (summer of 2011) and I was not sure if I wanted it posted. I now decided that I do want it out there. I am curious what other people have to say on this topic so, please leave me a comment if you have a chance. Thank you and all the best! Photo is not mine here.)


I am not American but I think I am ready to fight for the Second Amendment. I honestly can hardly believe that I am agreeing with the need for citizens to be able to own any type of armament available on the market. Times have changed though and now, I think I might want the 50-caliber guided bullets too, like the Pentagon (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2007/11/pentagon-wants/). I used to be of the opinion that ownership of guns should be limited. “The good old days” …

In the somewhat recent past, my thoughts have slowly changed and when the other day, Hub-pages asked for my phone number before it allowed me to post a blog, I felt like I aged about twenty years – on the spot. I felt violated. I felt just as violated as when during the G-8 here in Toronto two summers ago, I got rushed by two officers on bikes who demanded my ID.

I was just crossing the road (on public property) and taking some photographs. I wanted to tell those cops to go … somewhere but I kept my cool. I even handed them my bag, so they could search it (when I was asked for it); I knew they would find nothing of importance in it (I prepared myself for that), except for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It was thanks to those few pieces of paper that I was able to tell those police officers that they had no justification or legal right in asking me my name. It was really none of their business what my name is/was and they had no right in even asking me for my name, or stopping and harassing me while I was just simply crossing a main intersection. There was nothing suspicious about myself … I had nothing illegal on me; I had done nothing illegal or suspicious; I was not wearing any bandannas or covering my face in any way … yet, they still chose to bother me.

Getting nosy with my personal information gets I intrigued. What is it to you? What difference does it really make if at birth I was named Jonny, Anthony or Mark? If someone insists on knowing my name then, it is obviously important and in that case, I want to know why. Nonetheless, I still do not have to tell my name to anyone, not unless I am being investigated for a crime. That is my right.

So, Hub-pages (or anyone else) who wants personal information from me should slow-down and understand that it will get none. Why? Because it is none of its/their concern; I still cannot believe I was asked for a phone number in order to post a blog. Of course I posted a ghost-line number … is anyone really going to give-out their house number or cell-phone number to a website in order to post a blog or a comment on a blog? I post many comments on different websites (CBC, APTN, I even posted comments on http://www.liberte.ca/en/milk-products/index.sn – the website of the corporation which sells me my milk) and it is quite unreasonable to have to give-out my phone number if I chose to comment.

Too much personal information is being asked for nowadays, in my opinion. So, hold onto your guns because everything else is slowly being asked for. Soon enough, we might be asked to have a chip implanted in our arms and the same excuse will be given: “Why not? What do you have to hide?”

If I put everything about/of myself out-there, what am I left with?

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    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      So you still deny the reality of drone planes? That is interesting - must suck to live under rocks.

    • Neil Horton profile image

      Larry Horton 

      6 years ago from Greenwood, Arkansas

      MR Happy... I appologize... I am just amused at the rantings of Conspiracy Theorist Mr. Wesman.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Yo Neil, you ought to ...grow a brain.

      Spy drones are ALL OVER TEXAS, and they are wherever you live in your state of Denial.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS5vm149vGc

      http://www.globaldashboard.org/2010/05/17/texas-po...

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Horton,

      are You having a bad day or did something in Mr. Wesman comment offend You? I am confused. Plus, You said nothing about my writing and You are here at the end of my article. Or perhaps You just came to read Mr. Wesman's comment?

      All the best.

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      Larry Horton 

      6 years ago from Greenwood, Arkansas

      Wesman... I suggest you wrap your head in aluminum foil to keep those satellites from reading your thoughts. You might consider going to a mechanic and getting a screw or two replaced.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Spirit Whisperer,

      I by no means want to seem that I am putting all police officers in the same boat, so to speak. Having spent roughly a month camped-out downtown Toronto as part of the "Occupy Toronto" movement, I have met quite a few decent police officers. Many of them realize they are a paycheck away from being out on the street too.

      Nonetheless, the few robo-cops around may still bring about enough negative energy to create discord. Some people feed-off the fear they sense from others. It's a nasty way of going about things, if you ask me.

      Thank You for your comment: always good to stay open-minded, in my opinion. Cheers!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      I thoroughly enjoyed this read and can full empathise with you when it comes to the feeling of being violated by those in authority who blatantly abuse their power. Having said that I am however at a point in my life where I refuse to make connections that are not there. Just because a couple of policemen stop me does not warrant me making up the notion that all police abuse their power and are robots nor does it warrant me deciding that the world is unsafe and I need a gun to protect myself. The decision to think about an incident in a particular way is normally coloured by our past and this is how we continue to create our future based on what happened in the past. Another way to view things is by firmly grounding ourselves in the present and refusing to connect what is happening now to what we felt in the past. By making this a habit the ego cannot dictate our future for us!

      Thank you for sharing such an important and thought provoking post.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mr. Diogenes, I agree with You (as usual). Most police officers do not seem to be capable in judging an individual circumstance and yes, they tend to act like robots ... I think it is all the brainwashing that takes place during the police academy training.

      I know it is true of soldiers, I have spoken to many who have told me that the brainwashing which takes place during "training" is rather serious.

      Thank you for leaving a comment - cheers!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      lol Mr. Wesman, your comment made me think of a hip-hop line: "They say shoot for the stars, I say shoot for the head ..." LOL ... I just find that hilarious although, I know it really isn't. Thanks for dropping by!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thanks for the comment cuz. I think the Harper gov't is a little extreme too ...

    • diogenes profile image

      diogenes 

      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      You having a "bad gun day?" I dislike police officers of any stripe and always feel like slagging them off even when there's no need. I am not the most law-abiding of people in the first place, but even those who are don't like "the plod." Seeing these moronic robocops in their riot gear roughhousing street kids throwing stones just adds to the negative feelings. The days of the old-fashioned street "bobby" have long gone replaced with the collective maggot minds of them all today Bob

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I want whatever is needed to shoot down the spy satellites in the sky at night. They get in the way of me seeing the stars.

      I mean, what if I were shooting for the stars? Can't very well land a star with all those damned spy satellites spying on people in violation of the Fourth Amendment.....

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      Mihail 

      6 years ago

      I agree with you. It seems as though the government is trying to monitor our lives and intrude a little too much. I for one am against this. What does it matter what I do it who I'm with if its within the realm if legality. The government can insert no chip in me ever. Simply because I'm not going to allow them.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Haha! Thank You for the great comment Paradise! Cheers.

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Mr. Happy? You don't sound happy, hon. Please, peeps, don't give that man a gun!

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