And the idea of water guns being banned as simulated firearms – by an organization founded by a retired general – is simply ludicrous.
With the hot summer months knocking, social media scorn is pouring down on a decision by the Boy Scouts of America to ban water gun fights at organized Scouting events – along with boomerangs, crossbows, potato guns and throwing stars.
The Scouts reasoning for including harmless water guns on a list with potentially deadly weapons like crossbows and throwing stars – along with flintlock rifles, sawed off shotguns and cannons?
“Pointing any type of firearm or simulated firearm is unauthorized,” the Scouts 2015 National Shooting Manual states, according to Scouting magazine.
Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout and senior editor of Boys’ Life, Scouting and Eagles’ Call magazine, tried to explain.
“Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?”