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Canada: Dad arrested for 4 year old daughter’s drawing of a gun


While this happened in Canada, it is something that I’ve come to believe could happen here in the near future given the rise of the nanny state’s intrusion.  This incident occurred in Kitchener, Ontario:

Jessie Sansone told the Record newspaper that he was in shock when he was arrested Wednesday and taken to a police station for questioning over the drawing. He was also strip-searched.

"This is completely insane. My daughter drew a gun on a piece of paper at school," he said.

Officials told the newspaper the move was necessary to ensure there were no guns accessible by children in the family’s home. They also said comments by Sansone’s daughter, Neaveh, that the man holding the gun in the picture was her dad and "he uses it to shoot bad guys and monsters," was concerning.

A four year old.  Yeah, they have no imagination whatsoever, do they?  They never make things up.

Do Canadians not enjoy the right of not being subjected too unnecessary search and seizure?  Note the official response – it was “necessary” to ensure there were no “guns accessible by children in the family’s home”?

Really?  Was it?  It couldn’t have been a 4 year old’s flight of fancy, could it?  That never happens, does it?

And beside that, while I hold it is none of the state’s freakin’ business to begin with, a simple knock on the door wouldn’t have been able to determine access to firearms?   “Hi, sir. Your 4 year old daughter drew this and we’re concerned about her or other children in the household having access to firearms.  Do you own any firearms? “

Yeah, way to easy.  What in the hell has happened to common sense?

And it even gets worse:

Police also searched Sansone’s home while he was in custody. His wife and three children were taken to the police station, and the children were interviewed by Family and Children’s Services.

Sansone’s wife, Stephanie Squires, told the newspaper no one told them why her husband had been arrested.

"He had absolutely no idea what this was even about. I just kept telling them, ‘You’re making a mistake.’"

Several hours later, Sansone was released without charges.

Searched the home without permission (no word on whether there was a warrant), didn’t inform the father of the charges against him, strip searched him and then released him without charges hours later?

That’s police state treatment.

Hopefully Mr. Sansone retains a good lawyer and sues the pants off these goons.

If the state will let him.


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9 Responses to Canada: Dad arrested for 4 year old daughter’s drawing of a gun

  • “8. Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.
    9. Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned.”

    Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides everyone in Canada with protection against unreasonable search and seizure. This right provides Canadians with their primary source of constitutionally enforced privacy rights against unreasonable intrusion from the state. Typically, this protects personal information that can be obtained through searching someone in pat-down, entering someone’s property or surveillance.

    “Generally speaking, the reasonable expectation of privacy does not protect against normal searches or seizures. Rather, the right focuses on the action being unreasonable on the basis that it violates an individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy.”

    I guess I lost my “thinking cap” today because that seems like a distinction without a difference.

    • THis Charter of Rights should not be thought of as having the same force of law we would describe in the constitution. From what I have read individual rights are always balanced against the priorities of the community.@Neo_

  • Happily, the Canadians are starting the process of walking back from the Collectivist abyss. As this story illustrates, they BETTER, and they have a long way to go.

    • Rags, their problem is not so much collectivism, Those policies can wax and wane with the political winds. Their problem is that they have no bill of rights, Thus they have no right to defend themselves and they can be hauled off to jail on a whim. . They have no protection of speech either. Mark Styen was prosecuted for something he wrote and a comedian was jailed and fined for making a joke. They think they are a free people but they are not. @Ragspierre

      • @kyle8 I disagree, kyle, and your post below illustrates my point. The Collective considers us units of the state, whereas we think of ourselves as giving the state the right to exist at any given time by PARTIAL delegation of our rights. A bill of rights merely codifies that arrangement.

        Canada has enacted a series of very nice, Collectivist laws that foster the rights of GROUPS, CLASSES, etc. and derogate the rights of individuals.

  • Those thugs keep this up and the weapons they seek will be used against them soon enough. Pushback always happens and sometimes is very unpleasant.

  • Strip searching, uh huh….cause….he might have that gun….hidden….in….uh…..well…..uh….it was necessary.

  • InstaPundit held this was child abuse by the state, and I TOTALLY agree. I wonder if home schooling is getting more popular in Canada…?