It is not always easy to ask the tough questions, but it is so nice when someone does. This week, a Cub Scout was kicked out of his den for asking his state senator a simple question. Colorado’s Vicki Marble was visiting the group of cub scouts when 11-year-old Ames Mayfield asked an important question about gun control. According to 9News, his other den mates had asked similarly political questions about fracking, fossil fuels, and the border wall. However, Ames was the only Cub Scout asked to leave his den.
As Senator Vicki Marble took questions from the kids, Ames readied to ask his own.
“Why on earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access to a gun?” he asked.
Besides touching on domestic violence and mistreatment of women, Ames also brought up a great point about healthcare.
“There’s something wrong in our country where Republicans believe it’s a right to own a gun, but a privilege to have health care.”
Lori Mayfield, Ames’s mom, captured the questions on video, shared by 9News. After, she met with Ames’s pack leader, who informed her that her son would have to find another den within the pack. When Ames heard the news, he was rightfully heartbroken, citing that he felt he had a really good relationship with his Den leader. And Lori has defended her son. She doesn’t think gun control should have been off the table.
“I don’t think any child should be banned from coming back for asking a tough question. Most certainly, the punishment far exceeds any crime, if there was one, and I don’t think there was one,” she explained.
“The BSA and the Denver Area Council are committed to working with families interested in Scouting to find local units that are the best fit for their children… It is important to note that the Scout is still part of the Cub Scout pack, and we are working with the family to offer the Scout options that will allow him to continue his Scouting experience in a way that fits his and his family’s needs. Beyond that, I hope you understand that we cannot discuss personal details regarding our youth members.”
Plenty of Cub Scout groups around their community have reached out to Mayfield and Ames, inviting him into their Packs. We hope this tough kid finds a Pack that can support and foster all children’s rights to ask questions that will undoubtedly affect their futures.
To Shannon Watts’ point, we would also like to thank his parents for raising such a strong and considerate kid. Keep on, Ames.