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Little Leaguers to bow to gun-rights rivals
Quote:Bucks Little Leaguers to bow to gun-rights rivals
Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 10:18 PM

Hundreds of Bucks County Little League players have unwittingly been caught in the midst of the national gun-rights debate.

With competing gun-related rallies scheduled Saturday at Williamson Park in Morrisville, used by the town's Little League, league officials, at the urging of state police, are moving, rescheduling, or canceling more than 20 games to avoid any potential conflict that might erupt over the emotional issue.

The matter is of particular urgency, since supporters of gun rights say they plan to legally carry guns as part of their rally.

Months ago, a rally to protest gun violence was planned at the park by the Coalition for Peace Action, according to the coalition's executive director, the Rev. Robert Moore. Former Gov. Ed Rendell and State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks) are scheduled to speak at the event.

The counterrally, by supporters of the Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association (PAFOA), Concerned Guns Owners of Bucks County, and other groups, will be held along the banks of the Delaware River next to the park. Philip Kline, a lawyer and PAFOA supporter, said some attendees would likely be carrying firearms.

Individuals do not need a permit to carry guns openly in Pennsylvania as long as they are purchased legally. (Permits are required for open carrying in Philadelphia.)

Specific plans for Saturday's counterrally are still up in the air, Kline said, because there is no centralized group organizing the efforts.

"It's going to be kind of reactive," he said, adding, "There's no reason to think that there's going to be any violent conflict."

Bucks Little League president Dan O'Connell said state police contacted him last week and encouraged him to move the games to avoid potential disputes between the rallies.

"They're concerned that we're going to get caught up in the middle of it," he said.

O'Connell, in the process Tuesday of shifting games to other fields and times, said making such arrangements on short notice was difficult.

The games scheduled Saturday involve about 500 children, he said, and other locations in the area, such as Morrisville High School, do not have the same capacity as the park, which has eight usable fields, he said.

"As a group, we're trying to just get a hold of it, from the standpoint of the operation first," he said. "We haven't really had a chance to fully appraise every option."

Moore said that he understood O'Connell's concern, but that his coalition has been planning the rally since March, has spent about $1,000 on the requisite permits and logistics, and has always intended to host a peaceful demonstration. When asked about potentially moving to another location, Moore said, "I just don't think that's at all right or fair.

"We've gone through a lot of effort to get this all in place," he said. "Our part-time Pennsylvania organizer has put in many, many hours, and we jumped through a lot of hoops to get all this in place."

Concerned Gun Owners of Bucks County took issue with the coalition's insisting on holding the rally, saying in a news release Tuesday that the group should postpone the event to allow the Little Leaguers to play.

"Our rally in response," the release read, "was specifically planned along the river and away from the ball fields to avoid disruption of the kids day at the park playing baseball, which is as American as apple pie and firearms. 'Peace Coalition,' the ball is in your court."

The coalition subsequently released a statement Tuesday reiterating its plan to hold the rally while urging the counter-protesters to cancel their plans.

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The readers' comments might be funnier than the article. Dodgy
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I don't see the need to alter the games.

The comments make it sound like two gangs are going to "rumble".

I still want to go, but there is just no way I could make that kind of a drive.
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Quote:… Bucks Little League president Dan O'Connell said state police contacted him last week and encouraged him to move the games to avoid potential disputes between the rallies. …

The readers' comments might be funnier than the article. Dodgy

I'm glad the PSP is thinking of the children. No doubt there would have been blood running in the streets had they not intervened. Rolleyes
I am not a lawyer.
Quote:[b][u] avoid disruption of the kids day at the park playing baseball, which is as American as apple pie and firearms. 'Peace Coalition,' the ball is in your court."

Can I mix you a drink to go along with that mixed metaphor? Big Grin
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This backs up my statement in the thread about marching on DC, nothing we do will be shown in a good light. Once again the enemies of freedom show no shame in using the children to paint a bad picture even when they are the ones who planned to demonstrate in the park in the first place. I applaud all from our side who are participating in this event, it's just a damn shame to see it turned into something so negative in the public eye.
The law? The law is a human institution...
We need to continue to put a spotlight on the fact that these selfish Gun Control freaks refuse to reschedule their protest/rally.

They screwed up by choosing a place with ball fields in the middle of May. They will be disrupting the games with their PA system, cheering, signs, and overall rude obnoxious behavior. Now that they know that they are a problem for 500 kids, do they back out or reschedule? No. They don't care about the kids. Their "gun ban" agenda is all that matters to them. The agenda is more important than the kids. These are disgusting, vile people.

We will be there to counter their lies, and we will shadow these freaks wherever they go. They are coming from NJ, marching over the bridge and assembling here. If they had any decency, they'd stay in NJ to begin with.
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It's exactly what they want though because in their eyes they aren't disturbing the kids, its all the crazies showing up with their guns. It will make for a media field day that's for sure. You are right, it is absolutely sickening.
The law? The law is a human institution...
500 kids and their parents. 200 anti-gun protesters.
Why did they need to obtain armed security before the 2A group decided to attend? Obviously they fear the baseball bats/children.
The Second Amendment does not GIVE us the right. It tells the gov they can not infringe our right.
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This event was a topic on Philly 1210 radio yesterday AM.

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They have every right to protest there. There is nothing distasteful about it. We have the same right to do so as well. The little league association is stupid for making it a big deal. The police are stupid for making it a big deal. There is no reason to cancel or move any event taking place that day.

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