Possession of a dangerous crayon
Where's the liberal media when a child's hand drawing of a gun leads to strip searches?
When Jessie Sansone was picking up his kids from school last week in Kitchener, Ont., he was asked to go to the principal's office.
There were three cops waiting there who arrested him, handcuffed him and took him down to the police station, where he was strip searched.
Then more cops went to his home where his wife, while caring for a 15-month-old baby, was told to go down to the police station, too. And then they searched his house. Without a warrant. Why? What did Sansone do?
Nothing. They didn't find anything in the house when they searched it. They didn't find anything on him when they searched him.
A warrantless arrest and strip search and search of his house. Why?
Because at school, his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun and, when asked about it, told her teacher her daddy uses it to shoot bad guys and monsters. Seriously.
So her kindergarten teacher called Family and Children's Services. Seriously.
And they called the cops. Seriously. And they arrested and searched him. Seriously.
Because a kid drew a picture of a gun. I hear rumours that some kids, especially boys, sometimes draw pictures of robots with lasers, too. And supersonic fighter planes. Maybe we should arrest their parents, too.
But the thing about guns is they're not illegal. Even under the Liberals. We didn't have a gun ban, just a gun registry.
What's the excuse given for the strip search by the Waterloo Regional Police? Inspector Kevin Thaler says it was done "for officer safety, because it's a firearms-related incident," the Waterloo Record reported.
Sorry. Did he just call a child's doodle a "firearms incident?" Is there so little crime in Kitchener that three policemen are dispatched to school because a kindergarten kid drew a gun, and more officers to the home?
The cops were stupid. We pay cops not to be stupid. We pay them not to be political, or bitchy, or to take sides in personal vendettas. They're supposed to be the grown-ups. They're supposed to use their discretion.
A child's drawing of a gun — which does not depict a crime, by the way — is not a public safety matter. It's not a police matter. We have come to expect this anti-family, snitch-style of justice from Family and Children's Services. They regularly abuse families with whom they simply disagree about things, like the style of parenting or religion.
Alison Scott, the executive director of Family and Children's Services, went even nuttier.
"From a public safety point of view, any child drawing a picture of guns and saying there's guns in a home would warrant some further conversation with the parents and child," she told the Record.
Really? So merely owning a firearm is a public safety matter, time for an intervention?
But Alison Scott didn't have a conversation with parents and child, did she? She didn't give the parents the courtesy of a phone call, or a casual inquiry. She didn't stay calm and normal. She went into nanny state mode. She went into KGB mode. She cut the family right out of it.
Question: Where is the liberal media? You know, the ones who freaked out a week ago when Public Safety Minister Vic Toews proposed a law to allow police to get basic information about their Internet use? Toews just wanted to let cops get your e-mail address, but they'd still have to get a search warrant for anything more. National freak-out.
Here we have a child's crayon drawing leading to a strip search, handcuffing and home invasion. Where's the reaction? Why doesn't the liberal media care about civil liberties when it's a property rights issue or a firearms issue or a family sovereignty issue?
That's the thing about civil liberties. It can't just be for pornographers or Muslim terror suspects.
Civil liberties have to be there for lawful gun owners.
And parents of creative children who are dangerous enough to draw a crayon gun.
EZRA LEVANT, QMI AGENCY