scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: A pocket knife is a weapon...
Jim Miller Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG
Wed Mar 15 2000 - 10:01:55 CST
Dale & Donna Buss [mailto:buss_family@HOTMAIL.COM] wrote:
>We outright tell the parents and scouts that many of our
>activities are held
>at school and we just don't want to get anyone in trouble.
>They all seem to
>understand. Let's use this story (as unfortunate as it is) as
>get the point across to the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts NOT to
>pocket knives at all times. Maybe some good can come as a
>result of this
>story and we can keep others from making the same mistake.
While I agree that we need to use this story to educate somebody, I
don't agree that the Scouts are the ones who need to learn anything new.
I take a pocket knife EVERYWHERE. Somewhere along the line, I was taught
to Be Prepared and that a pocket knife was one of the most efficient
tools you could carry for that reason. I've never had a problem carrying
a pocket knife. Two weeks ago I carried it through security points at
the United States Capitol and Congressional office buildings without any
concern on the part of the US Capitol Police. I've never been questioned
at an airport either. I also recall a story on this list some time back
where a Scouter, when asked about a pocket knife, simply produced a
Totin' Chip card which was accepted by airport security.
Simply put, not only should it be acceptable for someone to carry a
pocket knife, it is often expected. Many times I've been able to do a
Good Turn by helping somebody when they needed just such a tool. Always
carry change for a phone call, an ID with your name and address, and a
good pocket knife. They're just things that will come in handy when you
least expect it.
James J. Miller, Jr. Meechgalhukquot
Assistant Scoutmaster-Troop 5, Kearny, NJ "Redheaded One"
Eagle-1988 Vigil-1994 I used to be a Bobwhite(NE-II-76)
District Vice Chairman - Venturing, Hudson Liberty District
Northern New Jersey Council, BSA