A Colorado Cub Scout has been kicked out of his den after asking a state senator tough questions about the current political landscape in America.
Eleven-year-old Ames Mayfield said he was “heartbroken” after he was told he’d have to find a new den because he confronted state Sen. Vicki Marble over her stance on gun control.
“I’m really heartbroken that my den leader, which I felt I had a pretty good relationship with, decided to kick me out,” he told NBC Denver affiliate, 9 News.“I’m a big fan of Cub Scouts, and I think it’s one of my favorite things to do.”
Lori Mayfield filmed a video of her son’s exchange with Marble, a Republican, at a Cub Scout event in Denver last week. In the video, the fifth grader confidently reads his typed questions while Marble listens.
“Why on earth would you want someone who beats their wife to have access to a gun?” he asks.
Later he says, “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.”
Lori Mayfield told 9 News that she knows critics will assume she was using her son to try to score political points, but insisted that the research and questions all came from Ames.
“I don’t think any child should be banned from coming back for asking tough questions,” she said. “There were kids who asked about fracking, about the border wall, about fossil fuels — in the mix of that, it didn’t seem like gun control was that different.”
"I don't blame the boy for asking the questions, since I believe there was an element of manipulation involved, and it wasn't much different from the questions I normally field in other meetings," she said. "The invitation to meet with the scouts was never intended to cause friction and controversy."
Marble has not replied to NBC News' request for comment.
9 foods that are harder to buy than a gun
9 foods that are harder to buy than a gun
The cronut, or croissant doughnut, was first created by pastry wizard Dominique Ansel in New York City in 2013. And ever since then people have been waiting in line for hours to get their hands on one. Besides purchasing a cronut on the black market, the only way taste the sweet pastry is to stand in line, rain or shine. Some eager customers have waited out by the bakery as 5:30 in the morning to be a first customer in line when the doors opens at 8 a.m.
You don't have to wait in line to purchase a gun. As Mic previously reported, certain states don't require a license or a permit to purchase a firearm. Many states implement rules that would allow virtually anyone to purchase a gun and still have enough time to wait in a cronut line.
Beloved Pappy Van Winkle whiskey is extremely hard to acquire. Approximately 7,000 bottles of the booze are released each fall, Fortune reported. To get a swig or two, you'd have to know the right people and be willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a single bottle of the liquor.
By contrast, there is an abundant supply of guns in the United States. In 2013 alone, U.S. gunmakers produced nearly 11 million guns, according to the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives. The year before that, manufacturers made nearly 9 million guns, according to a graph published by NPR.
To get a martini — one of the most basic cocktails in the book — customers at any law-abiding bar in the country have to show a government approved form of identification to prove that they are at least 21 years of age. Anyone younger will technically be denied (unless they live in one of these states).
Conversely, it's possible to own a rifle or a shotgun as a child in 30 states, the Washington Postnoted. While a thirteen year old cannot lawfully purchase a gun on their own, their parent can ostensibly purchase one and gift it to them, for their birthday, Christmas or just as a special treat.
While you can't technically eat food stamps, they are the means by which 46.5 million Americansget access to food, and the process of registering for the federal aid program takes 30 days on average, according to the Daily Beast.
To get a gun in many states, a simple background check that can happen in a matter of minutes will do, the publication added.
These cherished cookies sold by Girl Scouts are not available in store or online and can only be purchased six to eight weeks out of the year, according to the official website. The season during which they are available depends on when individual local troops sell the cookies, but the only way to pick up a pack is by ordering through a troop member.
Guns are available not only year around, but at most hours of the day, every day of the week. And buying one doesn't require tracking down a 12-year-old to place an order. GunTV even makes it possible for night owls to shop for firearms while the sun rises.
A 1938 law banned thee delightful chocolaty Kinder Surprise Eggs from being sold in the states, and it is illegal to sell or buy them on U.S. soil. The treat features a plastic package in the middle that holds a toy and the government is worried that it is a choking hazard for young children,BuzzFeedreported.
There have been at least seven reported deaths due to choking on this product since 1989. By comparison, an average of seven U.S. children or teens are killed by guns — which are not banned in the states — every day in America, the Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund noted.
The Scottish delicacy haggis, which is made from a sheep stomach or lung, stuffed with diced sheep liver, heart and more lung, as well as oatmeal and onion and seasonings, is technically illegal in the U.S. The United States Department of Agriculture banned any foods containing lungs out of concerns over food safety in 1971, BuzzFeednoted. So to get any properly, legally made haggis, interested parties must travel to Scotland.
A gun can be purchased online from the comfort of your very own bed, the Washington Post wrote.
The sale and farming of the popular seafood option is now heavily regulated by the American government because of overfishing. Only certified Chilean sea bass fishing boats can harvest and sell the fish, HG.org noted.
Pretty much anyone can sell a gun. The online gun marketplace makes it especially easy to sell guns on the internet, said the Washington Post.
Mayfield said the Scout's pack leader told her that her son would not be welcomed back into the den days after the exchange with the senator. She said the Scouts have offered to place him in other dens, but they don’t work with the family’s schedule.
In a statement shared with NBC News, the Boy Scouts of America and the local Denver council said that they are committed to working with the Mayfields to find a den that “will allow him to continue his Scouting experience in a way that fits his and his family’s needs.”
After the incident became public, Ames has received support on social media, including a tweet from Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman, who praised his courage.
“Ames, call me in 14 years. I’ll campaign for you,” she wrote.
This is exactly the kind of courage we need in Congress. Ames, call me in 14 years. I’ll campaign for you. https://t.co/fdE4DinnRk