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Media, PA Couple Fight For Gun Control
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Quote:Media couple put their beliefs into action time and again

Terry Rumsey fights for gun safety.

Before that, it was mental health reform. And reducing homelessness. And fair voting laws. And ending the death penalty.

"The thread between all the work I've done is a belief in nonviolence," said Rumsey, 59, of Media.

His current crusade is universal background checks on gun sales.



Rumsey and Robin Lasersohn, 48, his wife and business partner, created Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Movita Johnson of Lansdowne is a member. Her son, Charles, was shot and killed in Germantown in 2011.

"They complement one another and have so much energy," Johnson said of the couple. "They pull you into the project."

Rumsey clashes with some in his battles, such as State Rep. Stephen Barrar (R., Delaware). In January, protesters both for and against increased gun control gathered outside Barrar's office, and Barrar and Rumsey exchanged words. Barrar has said he does not believe more laws will stop criminals from using guns.

Sitting in the Springfield Friends Meeting House, where Delco United meets every month, Rumsey and Lasersohn finished each other's sentences. They spoke softly, contemplative yet assertive.

Cross-legged, a long peppered braid swept over her shoulder, Lasersohn said people don't have to be leaders to make an impact. She and her husband weren't, at first.

Rumsey grew up in Chester. It was a "hard town," Rumsey said, but he was raised in a working-class neighborhood where gun violence was not the norm.

"Kids fought in Chester. Rocks, sticks, and fists," Rumsey said. In today's Chester, "kids that age are in the morgue," he said. "That's because of guns."

Rumsey doesn't remember much about his father, David, who died when Rumsey was 2. Rumsey was raised by his mother, Katherine, a passionate Republican.

The Vietnam War - "a defining factor in our generation," Rumsey said - fueled his activism. His proudest efforts include helping Witness to Innocence, a Philadelphia-based group of exonerated death row inmates who protest against the death penalty.

Lasersohn, who grew up near Cleveland and attended Swarthmore College, met Rumsey 30 years ago while registering voters. Their work helped elect Chester's first Democratic mayor in nearly a century.

"We were attracted to each other's energy," Lasersohn said. They married in 1990 and have two daughters, now 19 and 21.

The couple's advocacy is all volunteer work. To make money, they founded Green Seeds, which helps nonprofits receive grants. Lasersohn also works as a preschool teacher.

Green Seeds isn't political. But, Rumsey said, "I'm not going to help raise money for things I don't believe in."

When it comes to gaining universal background checks on gun sales, as long as Rumsey and Lasersohn are at the helm, "I believe in my soul it will happen," Johnson said.

Elaine Vetre, treasurer of Delco United, applauded the pair's commitment. But Rumsey's passion is personal. His children from a previous marriage had a stepfather who died by suicide with a gun.

Polls, such as one by ABC News-Washington in 2013, have found widespread public support for expanding background checks. Ten of Pennsylvania's 11 congressional representatives, including Patrick Meehan (R., Delaware), agree. Meehan said he signed on to the most recent universal background check bill, looking for the most effective means to keep the public safe. Yet such bills have failed time and time again.

To gain support, the couple and 150 people from Delco United trekked the seven miles from Chester to Media in June. They passed 100 people openly carrying semiautomatic rifles and holstered handguns, as the gun safety champions sang "We Shall Overcome."

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Two (2) comments under the article are pretty good.

Comment by Gordon J. Davis Jr
Quote:FUN FACT ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA:

Here in Pennsylvania, we already have "universal background checks" on pistol sales. Only long arms (that is, rifles and shotguns) can be transferred between private parties without a background check. All pistol sales MUST go through a FFL, regardless of whether its a commercial or private sale.

In 2012, Pennsylvania had 684 murders. 522 were committed with firearms.

Care to guess what type of firearm (pistol, rifle or shotgun) accounted for 412 of those homicides?



Comment by ILikeTurtles69
Quote:If we simply banned Democrats from using guns, shootings would drop 99% in this city. In the 4 years I have lived here I have yet to read one article of a Tea Party right winger shooting anyone. Maybe I am wrong, please send a link of just 1 shooting by a super duper dangerous right wing Tea Party member killing anyone in this city, thanks in advance ignorant Philly Dems!
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Isn't it a statistical fact that the majority of violent criminals identify as democrats? Ban democrats.
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Universal background checks will cut down on the majority of inner city gun crime, and on mass shootings. I mean, if we had something in olace like that it would have stopped Columbine, Sandy Hook, and all the destruction in Chicago.

Fucking retards.

Name ONE, no googling, of the thousands of 13-18 year old black males killed since the Trayvon incident. Exactly.
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Ten*K;149022 Wrote:Universal background checks will cut down on the majority of inner city gun crime, and on mass shootings. I mean, if we had something in olace like that it would have stopped Columbine, Sandy Hook, and all the destruction in Chicago.

Fucking retards.

Name ONE, no googling, of the thousands of 13-18 year old black males killed since the Trayvon incident. Exactly.

Pretty sure the owner of the Sandy Hook guns had a clean background check.

Uh oh, guess we better start doing background checks on entire households now. Actually, may as well include the neighbors.......

Even though that won't stop first time crime. Oh okay.....so now we will start taking your rights if your wife gets mad at you and calls the cops......

Meanwhile Chicago thugs still have their arsenal.
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