After the tragic events which recently occurred in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, rather than stepping up and supporting real reform which could prevent similar tragedies in the future, our U.S. Senator Pat Toomey openly refused to support an assault weapons ban. In a statement on Fox News, Sen. Toomey claimed that his reason for not supporting a ban on assault rifles was because, “they are extremely popular”, and “have no more firepower than ordinary hunting rifles”. This illogical, incorrect, and immoral reasoning is no longer acceptable.
In May of 2018, we marched and rallied at Toomey’s Philadelphia office, for our first “Demand the Ban” event. In light of the continued mass shootings and unending daily gun violence committed with semi-automatic assault weapons, and Senator Toomey’s refusal to stand up and protect the Pennsylvanians he was elected to serve, we knew it was time to renew our call for action.
So on Monday, August 12th, Delco United joined with our partners: Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence, The CHARLES Foundation, Orange Wave for Gun Safety, and CeasefirePA, to fill the space outside Senator Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia office with hundreds of gun violence prevention advocates for another “Demand the Ban” rally. Among the event’s speakers were Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell, and leaders from the various partnering organizations. The assembly was led in song by Voices Rising Philly, as well as Lydia Munoz, who helped instill a spirit of hope- an essential resource in the fight to change our current reality.
While Senator Toomey hasn’t yet signed on to theAssault Weapons Ban of 2019 (S. 66), we have reached a tipping point, from which there is no turning back. A majority of Americans support an assault weapons ban, and the many, many supporters who showed up on a Monday afternoon to demand our Senator support this legislation proves that this is the “popular” thing to do! To those of you who were with us at the rally (or joined us in spirit), we thank you for your advocacy. With your help, we WILL change our nation’s gun laws.
Demand the Ban, NOW! You can view CBS 3’s coverage of our event by clicking here.
Join Pennsylvania gun violence prevention groups as we stand together to call for real action to reduce the gun violence in our communities. We are calling on our U.S. Senator Pat Toomey to support S. 66, The Assault Weapons Ban of 2019.
Senator Toomey, who touts himself as a gun violence prevention advocate, has refused to openly support a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons. These weapons of war have allowed for devastating mass shootings to repeatedly unfold, such as the violence witnessed in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this past weekend (and including the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting which took place in our own state last year). Senator Bob Casey (PA) has already joined dozens of other legislators in support of this life-saving legislation. It’s time that Senator Toomey stand up to protect Pennsylvanians from the horrific tragedies that these weapons leave in their wake.
-Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence
-Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy
-The CHARLES Foundation
-The Simple Way
-Orange Wave for Gun Safety
On Saturday, June 1st, hundreds of Delco United members gathered in Media to make their voices heard, and the message rang out loud and clear: We MUST have real action NOW to end the gun violence in our communities!
A packed crowd formed a sea of orange inside the 2nd Baptist Church of Media, as powerful speeches drove home the notion that we have the power to change our gun laws, if we continue to push forward, together. The opening program included choral performances and poetry, as well as remarks by our very own Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, Rep. Mike Zabel, and many more advocates and survivors. High on everyone’s minds was the devastating news from Virginia Beach… As the large group chanted, prayed, and sang together, they created a sacred space to honor the 12 victims of the recent shooting, as well as the thousands upon thousands of lives lost to gun violence each year, most of which don’t make the evening news.
…But the rally also provided a pathway for the assembly to channel their grief into action. As Delco United Board Member Beverly Wright so eloquently put it, “We are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We are sick and tired of burying our babies. We are sick and tired of mothers crying because they’re not going to have that opportunity to say, ‘I love you’ again. We can’t take this situation lightly. If we have legislators or politicians who are not backing sensible gun policies, we have to get them out of there!” Spurred into action, the “Orange Army” (as brilliantly titled by the Daily Times*) then marched through the town of Media, soldiering on in the smoldering heat with a message of hope for a world free from the plague of gun violence.
As fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters all chanted, “Enough is Enough!” loud enough for our leaders in Harrisburg to hear, the closing rally commenced. Lead in song by Matt Frankl, we “Imagined” a world where we could all live in peace; a world where our children’s lives are prioritized over the agenda of the gun lobby, and our streets, schools, and houses of worship can again be places where we feel safe, instead of targeted.
To all who attended, participated, or helped in any way to make our “Wear Orange” event run smoothly, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your commitment to gun violence prevention refills our most precious and vulnerable resource- HOPE!
*We were privileged to have topnotch coverage of the event from the Delco Daily Times– our “Orange Army” was featured on the front page! March on, soldiers!