A KDFW Fox 4 Dallas-Fort Worth story featuring a photo of two gun rights activists posed with Girl Scouts and another adult working a cookie sale table originally described the organization’s initial reaction as follows:
North Texas Girl Scouts are firing back after a picture taken of some Scouts and guns went viral.
The picture from Facebook shows two adults carrying guns, posing with Girl Scouts selling cookies in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
The adults are part of the gun-rights group, Come and Take It Texas, which held an event in Fort Worth over the weekend.
The local Girl Scout council responded to the controversy, saying, “A Tweet featuring adults with firearms at a GS-TOP Cookie Booth posted on January 26 has recently gone viral. Our council did NOT know about this. We did NOT endorse this.
Girl Scouts is not a political organization and we do not advocate on any position. Further, neither girls nor volunteers are allowed to promote another organization in their role with Girl Scouts. When working in an official capacity, both girls and adults are to uphold the Girl Scout Promise and Law in all they say and do.”
In response, Come and Take It Fort Worth activist Kathy Perkins, offered these comments:
I would like to first state that Fox News needs to interview people before you report the news because our group is not Open Carry Texas. Our group is Come and Take it Fort Worth. Please correct your mistake.
As to the picture, everyone can see that the young ladies and their mother in this picture were smiling and happy and not feeling threatened at all by our presense and open carry of our firearms. Why? Because we are responsible, kind, pleasant, law abiding citizens just out exercising our right and people who saw us could testify to that, to include the Fort Worth PD. A picture paints a thousand words and this picture paints “CATI members are Wonderful, Approachable, Friendly, and Non-Threatening.” I’m so proud of our CATI Fort Worth group. This was the first of many OC walks to come. Join us every 4th Saturday of every month in the Stockyards! We have a great and ongoing relationship with the Fort Worth PD who fully supports our right to open carry our firearms in a lawful and safe manner at the Stockyards. Thank You Fort Worth PD for being an example for the rest of Texas cities to follow in upholding the law and seeking to protect the rights of all citizens as well as working to keep the city a safe place.
We had great interaction with the public as well. We had several people approach us asking for our flyers and inquiring how to join our organization and walk with us and or ask us questions about the law regarding the open carry of firearms. We educated hundreds of people in just a few short hours before we broke and had a wonderful open carry lunch at a local Italian restaurant in the Stockyards. When we came across this Girl Scout table, we purchased a box of cookies (chocolate peanut butters ones to be exact and boy were they yummy!) and CATI took this innocent picture. Putting our name and logo on the picture was NOT in any way meant to imply that the Girl Scouts as an organization was affiliated with CATI. Instead, putting our logo and organization name on the picture, as we did on all of our pictures we posted from that day, was meant to protect our privacy rights and prevent our pictures from being stolen. Obviously, the person who stole our picture didn’t care about our watermark. The theft has been reported to Facebook and is being investigated. That is a very sad truth but none-the-less, the truth. We bought our cookies and chatted with the Scouts and the moms at the table. I am also founder of an organization called Moms With Guns Demand Action (www.moms-with-guns-demand-action.org) and so I offered the troop a FREE basic beginner marksmanship course to which the moms present were very welcoming of on a personal basis. We exchanged contact information and then went about our way.
As you can see, the hoopla made of this innocent picture is way out of proportion. Responsible news reporting would have sought the truth before reporting this story but either way, we are thankful for the opportunity to share our CATI Mission which is to educate the public about their right to open carry their long arm rifles and pre-1899 black powder revolvers in the state of Texas.
Thank You Fox News for giving us this venue to share our mission.
As the CATI Fort Worth Admin. and the Founder of Moms With Guns Demand Action, I would love to answer any questions about our organization and our interactions with the wonderful people of Fort Worth that day and in the days to come. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and be patient for a reply.
A follow-up story now offers additional perspective on the encounter. Click here for that video.
One would hope that sensibility will be a guiding force in resolving this situation.
Meanwhile, though the Girl Scouts maintain they are not political, perceptions of the organization promoting traditionally liberal political positions and organizations has prompted advocacy efforts to address related concerns. And with that, the initial reaction exhibited toward a casual photo of willing, congenial subjects once again does nothing to dissuade such perceptions.