Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gun phobia in Canada: Father arrested over daughter's gun drawing

Police arrested a Kitchener, Ont., father outside his daughter's school because the four-year-old drew a picture of him holding a gun.

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.

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.


CO: Senior deals with aggressive dogs: "Linton, an Army retiree, was in his house on Portrait Place around 4 p.m., when he heard dogs fighting in his backyard. His German shepherd Max was fighting with a pit bull and a boxer that had jumped his 6-foot fence. He dragged Max inside and went to warn the neighbors. He and his wife yelled to a woman who was walking two smaller dogs. But it was too late, and the vicious dogs came tearing at her. "Oh, my God, help me," the woman cried out, according to Linton. Linton retrieved his Smith & Wesson revolver, went outside and tried to separate the dogs. The pit bull lunged at him. He pointed the gun against its neck and fired. Said Linton, "I shot him twice and he went two doors down and died." He hit the boxer in the head with the gun but it kept coming at him, so he shot at it and it ran off. Police said Linton will not face charges in connection with the incident. The owner of the attacking dogs, Brittainy Fahr, was cited Friday on two counts of unlawful ownership of a dangerous animal."

New Government Initiative Would Circumvent Second Amendment By Targeting Ammunition Not Guns: "With over 10 million guns sold in the United States in 2011, violent crime rising significantly as the economic crisis worsens, and self defense killings sky rocketing, it’s becoming increasingly unpopular for politicians to call for restrictions on firearms. If anything, even though government officials in states like Illinois and New Jersey are attempting to outlaw guns completely, the public outcry has been deafening, with each attempt met by protests and solidarity from individual rights and gun advocates all over the country. But, even though the strategy of attacking our second Amendment is wholly unpopular and failing miserably, misguided government officials are beginning to explore ever more novel ways of circumventing the US Constitution and Second Amendment altogether. Like New Jersey’s recent attempt to ban ammunition, Illinois is now taking aim at ammo. This latest legislation would add a surtax to every box of ammunition sold, and if allowed, would set an alarming precedent that effectively threatens our ability to utilize a firearm for its intended purpose."

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