By Tom Woitovich
Ohio –-(Ammoland.com)- A Kitchener, Ontario, man was arrested and strip-searched last Wednesday after his 4-year-old daughter drew a picture in school.
The picture depicted him with a gun. That's right…his daughter drew a picture of him with a gun.
When her teacher asked her what it was that she was drawing, she replied that she was drawing her Daddy “shooting burglars and monsters.” The teacher promptly took the picture to the principal, who called child protective services, who, in turn, called the police.
When the girl's father, Jesse Sansone, got to the school to pick up his daughter, three police officers were waiting for him. They arrested him and charged him with possession of a firearm. They subsequently took him to the police station and strip-searched him. Furthermore, Sansone's home was searched without his consent, and his wife and other children were also taken to the police station and questioned. The other children were separated from both their parents during their “interview.” Remember, all this activity was triggered by a preschooler's drawing. Mr. Sansone was later asked to sign a waiver consenting to a search of his home – after being arrested and after police had already done a preliminary “walk-through” search. Apparently, law-abiding, gun-owning Canadians' homes are subject to warrantless searches at any time.
The only “firearm” that was found from the resulting search was essentially an “airsoft” toy.
Now most of us probably realize that gun rights in Canada are very different from our rights here in the States. And we all know that our school administrators here make better decisions that those in Canada. Or do they? Watching the news lately, I have seen a clear and consistent pattern of ignorance among not only our teachers and administrators, but also some law enforcement professionals. I realize that it's especially unpopular to pick on teachers, administrators or public servants these days, but come on people, start using some common sense. I'm sure my critical view of some educators and law enforcement professionals will be unpopular. After all, they perform some very difficult jobs. We cannot, however, continue to let political correctness pervade our schools and infect our children. If this ignorance continues, it will ultimately cost us our constitutional rights.
What is our role in all of this? What can we do? We can start by calling out this politically-correct rhetoric when we hear it. Let's let others know that we value our constitutional and religious principles and that we won't be bullied by their intolerance of our rights. We must vote for common sense-thinking candidates who have similar values – at every elected level – whether it's for school board or the presidency.
We must do our part to win the minds of educators – to make them understand the absurdity of the direction in which we are headed.
Buckeye Firearms Association is a grassroots political action committee dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities. Visit: www.buckeyefirearms.org