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Boy Scouts Of America Bans Water Gun Fights

Posted on the 21 May 2015 by Mikeb302000
Boy Scouts Of America Bans Water Gun Fights
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The Boy Scouts of America recently released a list of approved activities for their members and have revealed that water gun fights are prohibited.
The list also makes mention that water balloons must be no larger than a ping-pong ball.
According to the 2015 Boy Scout’s Manual, “Pointing any type of firearm or simulated firearm at any individual is unauthorized. Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”
The organization’s leaders released a statement on their blog on May 6 explaining why the prohibition is in place.
“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?” Bryan Wendell wrote on the website.
As for water balloons, the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Manual states that scouts must “use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping-pong ball.”
Along with the new stipulations put in place for water guns and water balloons, the organization also has a list of other banned items such as boomerangs, crossbows, potato guns, and marshmallow guns, according to the Washington Times.

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