This Cub Scout Was Kicked Out After Asking A Tough Question, But Twitter Has His Back

"This is exactly the kind of courage we need in Congress."

Many on Twitter are rallying behind an 11-year-old Cub Scout who was allegedly kicked out of his den in Colorado for asking a state senator tough questions about gun control.

According to the New York Times, scouts in Broomfield were told to prepare questions for a meeting with State Sen. Vicki Marble. Ames Mayfield went above and beyond, researching and typing out his question for Marble and reading it aloud to her.


Ames asked Marble why she won't support "common sense gun laws," citing statistics and pointing to Marble's legislative history. "I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun," he can be heard saying in a video posted by his mom, Lori Mayfield. "Why on earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access to a gun?"

"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," Ames continued, pointing to victims of the Las Vegas shooting who are raising money for their health care through GoFundMe campaigns.

As Bustle points out, a Scout leader can be heard praising Ames for his "thorough question," adding, "I had no idea that you'd put that much work, that's a great question." Marble, meanwhile, responded to Ames' question by calling for "crime control" and incorrectly claiming that "the more guns a society has, the less crime or murders are committed." 

Five days after Ames spoke to Marble, his mother told the New York Times that the pack leader who oversees Ames' den informed her that the den leader thought the question was "too politically charged" and that Ames "was no longer welcome back to the den." 

Ms. Mayfield told the Times that she had chosen another pack for Ames. "The Boy Scouts of America and the Denver Area Council are pleased that the family will continue their participation in Scouting," the organization said in a statement. "We are committed to working with families to find local units that best fit their needs." The organization did not comment on whether Ames was kicked out of his den because of his question.

Ames told 9News he was "heartbroken" over the decision, but many on social media have his back in the situation. That includes former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting in 2011 and has been an advocate for gun control, co-founding Americans for Responsible Solutions with her husband Mark Kelly in 2013.

"This is exactly the kind of courage we need in Congress," Giffords tweeted. "Ames, call me in 14 years. I'll campaign for you."

Other Twitter users praised Ames for his question, criticizing the den's decision and suggesting the 11-year-old has a bright future as a journalist, or even the president of the United States. "This young man is more adult and mature than the leaders who kicked him out," one user wrote. "May he always ask those questions!"

Ames' mother, meanwhile, made it clear to 9News that her son came up with the question all by himself, and she only helped him print it. She also said that Ames wasn't the only Scout to ask a political question of Marble. Other topics included fracking and the border wall, and she didn't think "gun control was that different."

"I don't think any child should be banned from coming back for asking a tough question," Ms. Mayfield said. "Most certainly, the punishment far exceeds any crime, if there was one, and I don't think there was one."

Clearly, she's not the only one who thinks so.

See Ames and his mom talk about the experience in the video below:


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