Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights

Aiming a water gun is not "kind."

In another example of anti-gun hysteria and the emasculation of America, The Washington Times reports that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has issued new approved activities for its members, and water gun fights are out.

“A Scout is kind," wrote blogger Bryan Wendell earlier this month on a blog for the BSA's leaders. "What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?”

The rule in the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Manual, guidelines that are to be followed by anyone involved with Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouting, or shooting sports committees, reads, “Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”

The manual for Scouting, which had its origins in the military in early 20th century Britain, also prohibits boomerangs, crossbows, potato guns, spear guns, throwing stars, and “marshmallow shooters that require placing a straw or similar device in the mouth.”

As the Washington Times reported, numerous critical journalists and bloggers noted that Scouting when they were boys included such activities as shooting bottle rockets, wooden sword fighting, and Midnight Football, which a Gawker author described as “a sort of combat rugby played in blackout conditions on a hard tile floor.”

Commenters under the blog complained of political correctness and of “turning boys into a bunch of wusses":

“This makes BSA look ridiculous and has little if any impact on safety,” said one commenter.

“Sometimes I just have to laugh out loud at how idiotic some things in our society have become," wrote another. "We can’t squirt each other with water guns because it is a ‘simulated’ gun. I can’t believe BSA is so worried about the PC police that it has a policy like this."

“Yes, let’s carry every policy to the absurd extreme. That will certainly help scouts shed that geeky image,” added a third.