Ames Mayfield, an 11-year-old Cub Scout in Colorado, came well-prepared.
His den had been assigned the task of coming up with current events questions to ask Republican state senator Vicki Marble. After it was all over, however, Mayfield would be kicked out of his Cub Scout den for his questions.
Mayfield asked Marble questions on topics ranging from her 2013 comments about black mortality rates to a bill that would allow domestic abusers to purchase guns.
“I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun,” Ames said, according to a video posted to YouTube by his mother. “Why on earth would you want someone who beats their wife to have access to a gun?”
Here’s the video of the exchange, posted by Mayfield’s mother, Lori:
Not everyone impressed
While Marble answered Ames’ questions calmly and respectfully, there were still consequences.
After the Q&A with Marble, Lori Mayfield said a Cub Scout pack leader met her to tell her that her son had been kicked out of his den because the questions were “disrespectful” and “too political.”
“I had to go home and tell my son he was kicked out,” Lori Mayfield said. “My son was heartbroken because he really liked this den leader and couldn’t understand why his question was inappropriate.”
A Cub without a den
The Scouts did not confirm that Ames was kicked out of his den because of his questions to Marble, but the organization did confirm that it was trying to help him find a new group.
A statement from Boy Scouts of America:
“The BSA and the Denver Area Council are committed to working with families interested in Scouting to find local units that are the best fit for their children… It is important to note that the Scout is still part of the Cub Scout pack, and we are working with the family to offer the Scout options that will allow him to continue his Scouting experience in a way that fits his and his family’s needs. Beyond that, I hope you understand that we cannot discuss personal details regarding our youth members.”
“I know that they probably don’t want me back. And I know that they’re probably still mad at me,” Ames Mayfield said of his old den. “I am really heartbroken that my Den leader, which I really felt like I had a pretty good relationship with, decided to kick me out.”
His questions, or his mother’s?
Marble said she harbors no negative feelings toward Ames for his questions, saying she’s used to those types of exchanges. She also suggested that Ames may have been directed to ask certain questions.
“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,” Marble told the Denver Post. “The invitation to meet with the Scouts was never intended to cause friction and controversy.”
Lori Mayfield said her son has taken a strong interest into politics, and researched the issues himself.
“Given that the Las Vegas shooting happened, I felt that it should be a reasonable thing to ask,” Ames told a Denver Fox affiliate. “I don’t feel like I did anything wrong.”