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Boy Scouts Ban Water-Gun Fights Because They Are ‘Unkind’

Boy Scouts of America has banned both squirt-gun fights and anything involving a water balloon larger than a ping-pong ball. “Pointing any type of firearm or simulated firearm at any individual is unauthorized,” states the group’s 2015 manual. “Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn,” it continues. As for those other dangerous weapons, water balloons, they may be “no larger than a ping-pong ball” and must be biodegradable. Sound like a bit much? Well, according to Bryan Wendell, authort of the blog Bryan on Scouting, there’s a actually perfectly logical explanation:  “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?” True point,” he writes. After all — it’s not like water guns are totally banned! You still can use them to shoot at targets! I mean, as long as you wear protective eyewear! Oh, and by the way — the targets are also not allowed to look like humans either. Just to be, you know, extra safe or something. The ban also extends to the obviously very dangerous laser tag.

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[2] Douglas Ernst, Boy Scouts of America bans water gun fights; ‘pointing a firearm’ is not kind, The Washington Times, Tuesday, May 19, 2015
[3] Scott Stump, Boy Scouts of America: Our ban on water gun fights is nothing new, Today, May. 20, 2015 at 9:59 AM
[4] Steve Watson, Boy Scouts Banned From Water Pistol Fights Because They Involve “Simulated Firearms”, Infowars.com, May 20, 2015
[5] Boy Scouts Ban Water Guns, Call the Toys ‘Simulated Firearms’, FOX News, 2015/05/20
[6] Lauren Tousignant, Boy Scouts ban water-gun fights, New York Post, May 20, 2015 | 12:59pm
[7] Mike Opelka, Twitter Erupts After Boy Scouts Ban Water Gun Fights, Limit Water Balloon Size, The Blaze, May. 19, 2015 8:32pm
[8] Derek Hunter, Boy Scouts Ban Squirt Guns, Refer To Them As ‘Firearms’, Daily Caller, 8:00 PM 05/19/2015
[11] Warner Todd Huston, Societal Implosion: Boy Scouts Ban Evil Water Guns, Girl Scouts Let Boys in Saying ‘There Isn’t One Type of Girl’, Right Wing News, 19 May, 2015
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[14] Mark Tapson, Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights, Truth Revolt, 5.20.2015
[15] Tom Scocca, Boy Scouts Aren’t Allowed to Have Water Gun Fights Now, Gawker, 5/19/15 9:34am
[16] Patrick Kulp, Boy Scouts put an end to dangerous water gun fights, Mashable, 2015/05/20
[17] Katie Pavlich, It’s Come To This: Water Gun Fights Banned Between Boy Scouts, Townhall, May 20, 2015
[18] Bryan Wendell, Water guns OK for target shooting, not for firing at other Scouts, Scouting Magazine, May 6, 2015
[19] Joe Saunders, Boy Scouts ban water guns as ‘unkind’! ‘Building nanny boys one at a time’, BizPACReview, May 20, 2015

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Bill Wallace is a self-fashioned writter, a computer programmer and cybermarketer from Quebec City, Canada who decided to enter the political arena after his disillusionment with the socialist system under which he was living in the French Canadian province of Quebec.

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