Over 300 supporters of gun violence prevention gathered this past Saturday, May 11th, in Morrisville’s Williamson Park to call for commonsense gun laws. Before the rally, around 200 supporters marched from the Lower Trenton Bridge, chanting, “Increase the peace! End the violence!” and carrying flowers. CeasefirePA was joined by Coalition for Peace Action, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and many other community organizations, as well as former governor Ed Rendell. “The message is that we are persisting in our advocacy for common-sense gun safety laws and first and foremost about that is universal background checks,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action. Pro-gun individuals interrupted continuously, but supporters overwhelmed their negativity with cheers.
CeaseFirePA Executive Director Shira Goodman welcomed the marchers as they arrived at the rally, and made clear to the protestors that those who support commonsense gun laws will continue to work and fight for reform. Speaking above those who tried to shout the speakers down, Goodman noted that change is coming to Pennsylvania and the protestors only served to demonstrate their fear of the power of the peaceful coaltion working for change. “We are not tired, we are not depressed, we are not scared, and we are not giving up,” she said. “We are growing in size and determination and we will succeed.”