A peaceful pre-Mother’s Day gun safety rally held in Langhorne by the Bucks Coalition for Gun Safety was interrupted when the group reached its destination, the office of state Rep. Frank Farry. Coalition members were confronted by thirty members of the Firearm Owners Against Crime and other gun rights supporters outside Farry’s office.
A letter written and delivered to the legislator by the coalition accuses him of supporting HB 921, which would eliminate Pennsylvania’s background check system, and HB 2011, which would allow “gun owners to sue municipalities like those that forbid guns in playgrounds or those that require the reporting of lost and stolen guns.”
Cathy Leary of the Coalition for Peace Action, one of the groups under the Bucks coalition’s umbrella, “called for a moment of silence for victims of gun violence, but that was interrupted by continuing jeers from gun enthusiasts. One coalition member was constantly shouted down by a gun supporter chanting, ‘You’re a liar, you’re a liar, you’re a liar.’”
The coalition’s speeches were punctuated by continued interruptions from the opposition:
“During one moment, Sheryl Kisselman talked about her 20-year-old son Corey, who was shot to death by a roommate in 2012.
‘I can’t wrap my mind around all these politics involved in making changes— small changes,’ she started to say before she was interrupted by a member of the pro-gun group shouting, ‘With all due respect, ma’am.’ He was cut off by an onlooker.
Toward the end of the 45-minute event, the coalition members turned their backs on their detractors and silently walked back to the peace center.”