Recently, a photograph has gone viral depicting some Girl Scouts and the adult supervising them posing with Kathy Perkins, the leader of Moms With Guns Demand Action and an unidentified male holding a flag promoting Come and Take It Texas.
Perkins, a gun “rights”
activist extremist reportedly participated in the Open Carry Texas event in Arlington in which a number of “activists” bullied an anti-gun group that seeks to protect children from those who feel the need to immaturely flaunt their toys for all to see; a trademark of the group, who regularly flaunts their boomsticks in settings that do not make those nearby feel comfortable or safe.
Why the girls and the supervising adult chose to assist this woman in pushing her dangerous political agenda is anyone’s guess, but it seems to represent a number of clear violations of Girl Scout rules.
According to the Girl Scout handbook,
[box type=”shadow”]VIII: Firearms & Fireworks
Possession of firearms and ammunition shall not be permitted at Girl Scout activities or on Girl Scout properties, other than for a council approved program activity for girls or by Law Enforcement officials legally required to carry weapons. Legally owned and licensed firearms belonging to peace officers legally required to carry weapons must be out of sight, unloaded, and under lock and key.
Firearms can be used for program activities:
- only for girls 12 years of age and older
- only with Council Approval
- only when firearms are shot at non-silhouette targets
- does not include paintball guns[/box]
It would seem that, unless the adults in charge had obtained council approval, the presence of weaponry is not in the least appropriate, unless Perkins applied for, and obtained permission, six weeks ahead of time. Furthermore, it would appear that at least one, if not all of the girls pictured are under the age of 12, a “no-no” for activities (such as cookie sales) that include firearms.
We reached out to the Girl Scouts, and Kelly Parisi, the GSUSA’s Vice President of Communications offered the following statement on the image:
[box type=”shadow”]”Girl Scouts is not a political organization and we do not advocate on any position. Further, neither girls nor volunteers are allowed to promote another organization in their role with Girl Scouts. When working in an official capacity, both girls and adults are to uphold the Girl Scout Promise and Law in all they say and do.”[/box]
According to the local FOX affiliate, the local Girl Scout council was not made aware that those participating in the cookie sale would be assisting in the pushing of another’s political agenda, and voiced its disapproval:
[box type=”shadow”]”A Tweet featuring adults with firearms at a GS-TOP Cookie Booth posted on January 26 has recently gone viral. Our council did NOT know about this. We did NOT endorse this.[/box]
While it is likely that they did not know they would encounter Perkins, given the Girl Scouts’ apolitical stance, should have sought council approval before posing for pro-gun extremists’ publicity photos.