A Girl Scout troop in Ohio is looking to sit down with their state senators. While it sounds like a dandy thing for Girl Scouts to do, in and of itself, it also provides clues into why their fellow organization–the group formerly known as the Boy Scouts of America–felt the need to open its doors up to girls.
You see, this isn’t about citizenship or government, but about politics. Anti-gun politics, to be precise.
Girls from Sherwood Elementary are leaving Thursday morning for Washington D.C.
When they get there, they’ll be meeting with Ohio senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman to talk gun control.
“We don’t think we should have to worry about that. We should have to worry about the math test tomorrow,” Mary Ganim said.
They’ve raised a lot of money to make this trip happen and they have a question ready for Portman.
“We’re going to ask him why he voted the way he did. And we are going to talk to him about having tougher background checks and raising the age from 18 to 21,” Claire Wagner said.
This is why girls want to join Boy Scouts and why the group ultimately capitulated.
While the Boy Scouts have started drinking from the social justice water themselves, they’re still mostly focused on the things they were focused on in my day. Mostly.
Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts have embraced more and more of the left’s dialog and shibboleths. I can’t help but see this as an example of just that kind of thing.
My wife is a Gold Award recipient in the Girl Scouts. That’s their equivalent to Eagle Scout, which I have. Despite this legacy of sorts, I have no desire to have my daughter involved in the organization at all.
While the Boy Scouts are less than ideal these days, they still feature a rifle shooting merit badge and a shotgun merit badge (back in my day, they were just one merit badge). That means that while individual scouts might lean anti-gun, the organization still recognizes our right to keep and bear arms.
The Girl Scouts, however, have no such thing, a history of leaning further and further to the left, and then a story like this comes out.
Frankly, I can’t help but wonder how much is the result of young girls being concerned and how much of it has to do with anti-gun zealots serving as adult leaders. The fact that the national organization hasn’t stamped down on this is telling, in my mind. After all, doing this is fine…as individuals, but they’re doing this as Girl Scouts.
Either way, I have to point out that if the Girl Scouts want to continue losing girls to their new rival–and the Boy Scouts felt pressure not from political forces but from the demand of girls begging to join them instead of the Girl Scouts–then keep doing little more than pushing anti-gun narratives and selling cookies to a country battling obesity.
I love my Thin Mints as much as the next guy, but not at the expense of helping an organization that clearly seems antithetical to what our country truly stands for.