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Boy Scouts Ban Water Gun Fights, Limit Water Balloons

By John Blosser   |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:34 AM

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has banned water gun fights and free-for-alls with water balloons, and many Scouts definitely are not happy about it.

In the recently published BSA National Shooting Manual, the BSA states, "Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn."

Further, the manual states, "For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball."

Twitter instantly erupted with comments such as, "The Boy Scouts bans water gun fights. That's it. America as we know it — proud, free & tough — has officially died," The Blaze reports.

Bryan Wendell, writing on the Scouting website, said, "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?" the Washington Times reported.

Someone should tell President Barack Obama, who was photographed having an "unkind" but fun squirt gun fight with his daughter, Sasha, at the Camp David swimming pool in 2011.

Twitter was flooded with comments saying the policy is "turning boys into a bunch of wusses," and, "I can't believe BSA is so worried about the PC (political correctness) police that it has a policy like this," the Times reported.

BSA Communications Director Deron Smith told the Huffington Post, "This is not a new guideline or regulation. As it always has, the BSA’s Guide to Safe Scouting allows youth members to use water guns and rubber band guns while shooting at targets but not at each other."

Many Scouts disagree, arguing on a blog on Scouting Magazine, "What a load of politically correct crap. What’s the point of super-soakers if you don’t shoot them at others to get wet and cool off on a hot day?"

Another commented, "God help them if they join the Army after a life of training as Scouts."

Lt. Gen. Robert Baden-Powell founded the BSA as preparatory training for military service, and the 1984 movie, "Red Dawn," even referred to the Eagle Scouts as "an elite paramilitary organization."

The BSA recently came under fire for allowing gays to be Scout members and leaders, CBS News Detroit reported.

The move brought about the founding of several non-BSA scouting groups such as Trail Life USA, the Washington Times said.

Kerrie Mitchell, of the Michigan Crossroads BSA council, told CBS, "Pointing a simulated firearm at another individual is not aligned with our Scout Oath nor Scout Law."

The manual also bans potato guns and "marshmallow shooters that require placing a straw or similar device in the mouth," the Washington Times reported.

Another poster to the Scouting Magazine blog wrote, "Boy Scouts new radical left overseers ban water gun fights, limit water balloons, say they’re not 'kind.'"

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