scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: The bottom of it all: "Can we have a safe place to learn?"
Patrick Hummert (troop_765@YAHOO.COM
Mon Mar 20 2000 - 23:12:17 CST
--- "Daniel D. Williams" <ddwriter@SEMO.NET> wrote:
> So let me get this straight, if the US government
> says we should all
> stop carrying pocket knives outside of our homes,
> Pat, you think we
> should just roll over and let them?
> Sorry, but that it where you thinking leads.
Thats not it at all!
This time read it my posting all the way through!
You see, you read the part of my statement that "UPSET
YOU" and, like several others, went off half cocked!
Go back and check it out! My focus related that rules
are rules to be followed until we, as responsible
persons, can get them changed!
See, I two carry a knife and for that matter, a gun,
when it is (a) LEGAL, (b) safe, and (c) part of the
activity! If any one of these simple rules are not
valid, they are locked away for safe keeping. After
all, there are RULES in place that tell me the
expectations of safe use of my gun, my knives and my
even my car!
As we all know, there are laws and rules that govern
the How To's of nearly everything that we do! In
Scouting, we, as ROLE MODELS should take the time to
explain to Scouts that there are RIGHT TIMES to carry
a knife and in some cases, use it. I think that is
what the Totin' Chip Card is all about.
There is a problem in thinking that a knife in
anyone's hand is SAFE just because he or she was
trained to use it right! Gee, my gun or my car could
be dangerous should someone or even myself use it
And what are YOU going to say to the parent who lost a
child at the hands of David-Do-Bad who stole the O.k.
Pocket Knife From Jimmy-Boy-Scout (who had his card
with him!) during gym class and took revenge for some
issue with another person? You see, there is no safe
keeping of any item that can be used as a weapon, no
matter how we train ourselves or lock it up! There is
always someone out there that will mess it up! And
yes that could go for a whole host of other items that
could be used!
Yes, I agree that the current rules have some
problems. Yes, I think that we all need to be
concern. But, I for one am willing to put up with the
rules, no matter how unfair or unclear, so as to have
the time to influence the youth of today to think
twice before going against the rule. Once we have
their attention, and the attention of parents who need
to be responsible for their children, then we can
start looking for ways to even out the issues of how
to respond the the lesser of the evils!
I'll say it again:
When parents step up and are willing to stand up to
their children to set forth a clear expectation of
behavior and are willing to enforce those limits, then
the schools, the teachers, and the government can step
back and relax.
Lets teach Scouts their responsibility to themselves,
their peers and to their God and country.
May we all someday live in peace!
Keep Scouting Fun!
Pat Hummert, SM
Troop 765, GSLAC
At least in the Troop that I am a SM for, the Scouts
have been advised that there will be no knives carried
on any school property that we are active in any
Scouting Program at. All "sharps" usage training will
be conducted at a BSA Facility or Camping Grounds
until further notice. SM's right to enforce a safe
and healthy program site!
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