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Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Featured | 0 comments

The Cowardly Lion and Trump

 

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It may be that we cannot fully measure the depth and breadth of our courage until we stare unimaginable danger right in the eye.
Well, we are all about to find out something about ourselves.

We thought long and hard about what to write in this e-mail responding to the election of Donald Trump. We were determined to avoid platitudes such as “it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good” or “the tough get going when the going gets tough” or “we’ll get them next time” or “hit the donate button.”

So, we’ll share a few observations and a personal decision.

  1. The National Rifle Association (NRA) invested heavily in the election of Donald Trump and maintained steadfast support for his candidacy in spite of – or because of – his racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic exhortations. The NRA is one of the bulwarks of Trumpism.
  1. The NRA will expect to be paid back for their loyalty and blood money and the current composition of the United States Congress poses a grave threat to the minimal checks on gun proliferation that have been established in a nation bludgeoned by gun violence.
  1. More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton, a gun sense champion, than Donald Trump, an NRA apologist. Victorious U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R) ran television campaign ads highlighting his support for national background checks on gun sales because he believed that stance would help him win reelection in Pennsylvania. The two leading gun sense champions in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Delaware County – Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D) and Jamie Santora (R) – both won reelection. Just because Trump managed to win slim victories in a handful of key states does not alter the fundamental fact that a majority of Americans and Pennsylvanians support sensible gun policies.

Each and every one of us who cares about human rights, peace, and social justice must now figure out how they will fight back in the era of Trump. We understand and respect that this is a time of discernment, discussion, and decision for millions of Americans who care about our country.

After much thought and soul searching, we have decided to stay active with the gun sense movement and fight Trump and Trumpism from that base of operation. We have decided to fight to help preserve the gains of the post-Sandy Hook era and to resist the coming counterattack from the NRA, their Congressional puppets, and their debtor in the White House.

Here is one thing we can say with certainty. We are frightened. We need to find our courage.

If you want to help us to be courageous…and let us help you to be the same…you are welcome at Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy.

Terry Rumsey and Robin Lasersohn, Co-Chairs

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

100 Strong March to Congressman Meehan’s Office

100 Strong March to Congressman Meehan’s Office

 

Over 100 supporters of Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy participated in a spirited march from the Springfield Friends Meeting House to the office of U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA7) on Saturday, June 18th, in response to the June 11 mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub that killed 49 people. The fired-up gun sense advocates delivered a Call to Action to Congressman Meehan calling on him to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Delco United is lobbying Congressman Meehan to co-sponsor H.R. 4269, legislation that would ban assault weapons and large-volume magazines. Read a summary of the bill here.

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Hundreds of motorists honked their horns in support as the marchers, carrying signs and banners calling for an assault weapons ban, proceeded down Sproul Road (Rt. 320) to the Congressman’s Springfield headquarters. Robin Lasersohn, Co-Chair of Delco United, read the group’s Call to Action to Meehan, and then placed a poster-sized placard with the written Call to Action at the front door of the locked building that houses Congressman Meehan’s office. Delco United also e-mailed the Call to Action to the congressman on Friday. Terry Rumsey, Delco United Co-Chair, had spoken with Congressman Meehan earlier in the week, asking him to co-sponsor H.R. 4269.

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The event was covered by the Delaware County Daily Times, KYW News Radio, and three Philadelphia television stations (ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliates).

Read sample news coverage here. https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/06/18/protesters-march-for-gun-control-in-delaware-county

http://www.delcotimes.com/article/DC/20160618/NEWS/160619662

The Board of Directors of Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy would like to thank the more than 500 supporters from Delaware County who took action this past week after the Orlando tragedy by calling or e-mailing Congressman Meehan and Senator Toomey, attending Wednesday’s vigil and die-in, rallying and marching at yesterday’s Call to Action, or doing a combination of all those empowered acts of citizenship.

Delco United asked a lot from you this week.

You gave more than we asked.

Congratulations, you are a part of reinvigorated gun sense movement that will not relent until we have radically reduced gun violence in the United States of America.

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After Orlando, what do we do?

After Orlando, what do we do?

 

Shock. Grief. Fear.

These are three basic emotions we are all feeling in the aftermath of the horrific shooting that shattered the peace in an Orlando night club in the early morning of June 12th. As the news media has reminded us repeatedly, it was the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.

Many supporters of Delco United are wondering, what do we do now?
To begin with, we are promoting three actions that we urge you to take in the coming days that will help to transform shock, grief, and fearinto courage, determination, and hope.

First, call U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-7) at 202-225-2011and demand that he support H.R. 4269, legislation that would ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines (See background info and talking points posted below).

Next, come out to a “Vigil for the Victims” of the Orlando mass shooting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15th, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Delaware County Courthouse, 201 W. Front St., Media, PA 19063.  The event will include a “die-in” on the courthouse lawn and a reading of the names of the 49 who were slain. The event is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County and Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy.

Then, join Delco United in a Call to Action for a Federal Ban of Military-style Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazinesoutside the Delaware County office of U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan (D-7) on Saturday, June 18 from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon.  We will call on Congressman Meehan to co-sponsor H.R. 4269.

We will gather at Springfield Friends Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road in Springfield, at 10:30 am, for a brief orientation. We will then conduct a short procession to the office of Congressman Meehan, 940 West Sproul Road in Springfield, for a Call to Action for a Federal Ban of Military-style Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines.

For more information about any of these actions, please email Terry Rumsey or call him at 484-326-1370.

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Background Info and Talking Points for Phone Call to Congressman Meehan

Congressman Meehan told Terry Rumsey, the Co-Chair of Delco United, that the death and destruction in Orlando had not changed his long-standing opposition to banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

When you call Congressman Meehan, let him know that it’s time to take action to prevent hate crimes, terrorism, and mass slaughter by banning military-style weapons and accessories designed for war  — not for use in our community gathering places, our houses of worship, and our schools. Let him know that you want him to co-sponsor H.R. 4269.
Ask to speak to the Congressman but be prepared to leave a message with the staff person.

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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rally Rocks the Rotunda!

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On Monday, May 16, 2016, four busloads of Delco United supporters, carrying 135 Delaware County gun sense advocates, departed from Media and Chester and joined over 500 others from across Pennsylvania to pack the Capitol in Harrisburg.

Newly elected State Senator Tom Killion (R-9) said, “In 13 years serving in the House of Representatives, I have never seen a crowd this size in the Rotunda of the Capitol.”

Watch a great video compilation of the event here.

The Delco bus brigades and the big rally at the Capitol received front page coverage in Tuesday’s Delaware County Daily Times. Read the article here.

Also, check out the great television coverage from ABC’s Harrisburg affiliate.

State Representative Leanne Krueger-Brankey (D-161), who was recently endorsed by Delco United as a Gun Sense Champion, greeted the bus riders from Media when they arrived at the Capitol.  State Representative Thaddeus Kirkland (D-159, also serving as Mayor of Chester) joined Chester residents in the crowed Rotunda for the historic rally. Mayor Kirkland and his staff played an instrumental role in supporting the organizing to fill two buses from Chester.

State Representative Jamie Santora (R-163), also endorsed by Delco United as a Gun Sense Champion, was a featured speaker at the rally and called for the House Judiciary Committee to allow a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives. Newly elected PA Senator Tom Killion, who had been endorsed by Delco United during his election run, “I can’t wait to start my senate career by moving forward with Senate Bill 1049 (comprehensive background checks bill).”

THANKS TO ALL OF THE SUPPORTERS OF DELAWARE COUNTY UNITED FOR SENSIBLE GUN POLICY WHO TOOK TIME TO GET ON A BUS AND RALLY AT THE CAPITOL MONDAY AND ALSO TO THE INDIVIDUALS, CONGREGATIONS, AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO MADE GENEROUS FINANCIAL DONATIONS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

 

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Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

300 Marchers Shout Out! Photos & Video!

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Three hundred (300) people participated in the Shout Out! March & Celebration that was staged in Media, Delaware County, on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland joined Beverly Wright, President of Women of Strength United for Change and the mother of a son lost to gun homicide, and Terry Rumsey and Robin Lasersohn, Co-Chairs of Delco United, as speakers at the Kickoff Rally held at the Media Friends Meeting House.  Singer-songwriters Jean Lenke and Dani Ocean provided a musical send off.

A throng of chanting, drumming, and whistling marchers carried a festive array of American flags, banners, and signs through Media on a one mile march that was viewed by thousands of motorists on Baltimore Pike and pedestrians shopping on State Street.  A steady blare of honking horns signaled mass support for the messages displayed by marchers.

After the march, participants returned to the Meeting House to enjoy cake and coffee, warm fellowship, and more music from Jean Lenke and Dani Ocean.

The event received media coverage from the Chester Spirit, theDelaware County Daily Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC 10television.

The Delaware County Daily Times gave front-page coverage and published a video online and a full page of color photographs of the march in the printed edition. Click here for the coverage.

Here are some photos and a video of our own! Click to enlarge.

Check out a short video about the event!

 

Delco United thanks the members of the Media Friends Meeting for opening their Meeting House for the Kickoff Rally and Celebration.  We also want to acknowledge the following people and businesses for their contributions: Nick and Denise Yocco of Seven Stones Café for donating coffee and baked goods; Maria’s Prime Time Bakery for the beautiful cake; George Tate, photographer; Gary Chilutti of Films-4-Good, videographer; and Jean Lenke and Dani Ocean, musicians.
Lastly, we want to lift up the hundreds of people who volunteered before, during, and after the Shout Out!  You are the life blood of this strong and growing gun sense movement.

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