OPINION: By MATT McEACHRAN
Did you know if someone draws a picture of you holding something like drugs or a gun, you can be arrested and charged for possessing it?
Did you know government controlled social workers can take your kids out of school without your permission or knowledge, and take them across town for questioning if they don’t like a picture one of your children has drawn?
Did you know school authorities are co-parents of your children?
Well stick around because this isn’t Cuba, North Korea or Red China we’re talking about. It’s the socialist paradise of Ontario, and you and I barely have any rights left.
By now you have probably heard about the so-called Crayon Gun Dad. The story first hit the news about three months ago and then again last week when the Crayon Gun Dad, Jessie Sansone, announced he was going to be suing the pants off everyone involved. I’m not usually a proponent of a litigious society, but in this case I couldn’t be more supportive. It’s great to see someone with enough spine and patriotism to stand up for their rights in this Province.
Mr. Sansone, who lives in Kitchener by the way, not Russia, arrived at his children’s school to pick them up at the end of the day. Instead, Mr. Sansone was arrested by police who were there waiting for him, and charged with possession of a firearm.
Did he actually have a firearm? No, of course not. That’s the kind of “evidence” there isn’t time for in today’s Ontario. Get with the times man… safety is too important for things like evidence! All the police need now is a drawing his 5 year old daughter made in class of him shooting monsters with a gun. (As a side note, thank goodness she didn’t also draw him in a car driving fast or he would have gotten a speeding ticket on top of it)
Yes that’s right, Mr. Sansone’s kindergarten daughter’s picture was so alarming that the teacher questioned her about this “gun” and then raced out of the room to make a panic-stricken call to social workers. Apparently teachers in Kitchener are unaware that guns can be legally owned (for now at anyway) in Ontario?
But wait, that’s still too much logic. Apparently teachers in Kitchener are unaware that 5 year olds draw pictures that may contain imaginary items? You know, things like monsters. And hey, maybe if the monster is fake, so might be her dad’s gun?
Apparently, even though a trained and educated teacher, that basic logic escaped him or her.
So the next problem, Mr. Sansone arrives and is arrested for possession of a firearm. How on God’s green earth could this happen? On what possible grounds can police charge someone for possession of something they don’t actually possess?
To the few of us left in Ontario that actually believe in personal liberty, that’s a problem. A big problem.
But it gets worse.
The police then search his house. How on God’s green earth could the police get a search warrant in this asinine situation? Did a judge really issue a search warrant based on a 5yr old’s drawing? Or did the police just search without a warrant?
That’s a problem.
While the police were booking Mr. Sansone and strip searching him (if you don’t think that’s a big deal, please go down to your local police station and volunteer for a strip search. I think afterwards you’ll be singing a different tune) they were hauling his pregnant wife downtown for questioning.
And while they were questioning his wife, social services was busy driving his children across town and questioning them.
That’s a problem. A big problem.
In this “free” country we live in, shouldn’t taking children away from parents pretty much be the last resort?
If the government can take your kids away on a whim, do we really have anything else left?
Why weren’t the children taken home to their mother? Oh right the police were questioning her. Nice. The kids should have been taken home to their mother, where she could have been questioned by the police, and the kids could have been questioned by social services in the less-frightening circumstances of their own home at least.
None of this questioning was even necessary by the way. But it doesn’t matter. In the knee-jerk, over reacting, government-knows-best attitude that now permeates our schools, social services, and our police force, your family doesn’t matter. It’s that simple. A picture of a gun completely destroys any rights you or your family have.
Is this the Ontario you’re proud of?
The police by the way didn’t find any firearms. Oops. What they did find was a clear plastic gun that shoots little rubber beads. It sells for about $17 at Canadian Tire. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.
But wait, depressingly enough there’s still more.
The school board insisted they were right to overreact and ignore the family’s rights because they “co-parent” the children at the school and so do the social workers. Co-parent? Are these people for real? What planet did they come from? And why haven’t they been paying for half my son’s hockey registration and grocery bills?
School boards better get this right, right now. They don’t co-parent, and neither do teachers. They are paid, teaching is their occupation. There is no co-parenting going on, and Ontario’s parents better scream this loud and clear while we are still able. Folks, the writing is on the wall on this one and we better not ignore it.
Lastly, and not surprisingly, the Kitchener Waterloo Police have yet to find anything wrong in their behaviour either.
In what has to be one of the truly greatest cases of blinded denial in history, every single one of the government bodies involved justified their actions. Outrageous, but surely their bosses in the McGuinty government jumped out to correct them? (Insert cricket noises).
Make no mistake this is exactly the kind of nanny-state McGuinty and his government love.
Oh, one last thing. Although social services should have been humiliated and offered an apology, instead in an impressive display of arrogance and disrespect for basic humanity, they told Mr. Sansone they were refusing to close the case unless he signed a document stating the “gun” would be kept out of reach of the children. (you know, the toy gun that shoots plastic beads?) In an act of bravery and fortitude Ontarians don’t get to see enough of, Mr. Sansone told the social workers to cram it.
Since this story came out, Canadians from sea to shining sea have spoken up to support the Sansone family, and even offer financial assistance to hire a lawyer to sue everyone involved.
If it can happen in Kitchener, it can happen in Sarnia Lambton.
It’s past the time to take a stand. With at least three government agencies completely out of whack, a provincial government that applauds the actions (or at least remains silent about them) the only one left to stand up for us, is us.
Support the Sansone’s, stand up for your rights at your children’s school, in the community, and at home. And for goodness sake keep an eye on what your kids are drawing.