PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local youth baseball league may be forced to call off its games this weekend because groups on either side of the gun control debate will each be holding rallies in a community park.
WPHT’s Dom Giordano spoke to Reverend Robert Moore, the executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action, whose organization is staging a protest that begins in Trenton before heading over the bridge to Williamson Park in Morrisville, Pa. where the games are scheduled to occur.
Rev. Moore said he was unaware that there were any games scheduled in the park when the Coalition applied for the permit and stressed that his organization is “100% peaceful.”
“The reason that the Little League president is considering…canceling the tournaments for that day is…entirely because of the [Concerned Gun Owners of Bucks County],” Rev. Moore stressed, adding that members of the CGOBC may be openly carrying guns and planned to disrupt the Coalition for Peace Action’s rally.
“The problem is being generated by these counter protestors,” Moore said. “It makes people – the 90% of us who want better gun safety laws — it gives us pause to go to these events where…people are openly carrying guns.”
Pennsylvania is an open carry state.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the CGOBC posted a message on its website that read in part:
“Concerned Gun Owners of Bucks County are calling on the BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action to reschedule their rally planned for this Saturday, May 11th in close proximity to 600 kids involved in Little League baseball games. We further invite them to a public forum at a later date where we can peacefully debate the issues surrounding our Constitutional guarantee to self defense and bearing of arms.”
In the meantime, Little League officials are scrambling to figure out what to do about the more than 20 games that are scheduled to take place in the park.