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Downtown Carlisle

Pictured is the Square in downtown Carlisle.

A Mechanicsburg man is welcoming members of the public to join him for a Second Amendment rally Sunday that will be held opposite a “Cease Fire” rally organized by students at Carlisle High School.

David Delp said his rally is pro-Second Amendment and will present an opposing side to what those in the Cease Fire rally are calling for.

“I’ve been thinking about it since last month,” he said, adding that he has rarely heard a conservative voice in the media after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“You have school students walking out. They can walk out of the school to protest guns, but they can’t walk in school to pray,” Delp said. “I’ve had enough of that.”

Delp’s response is to some students who have organized walkouts at area schools on March 14, as well as organized community rallies on the Square in Carlisle.

Carlisle High School students organized a “Cease Fire” rally for 2 p.m. Sunday on the steps of the Old Courthouse, and Delp said he will be across the street at the same time. The Cease Fire rally, according to organizers, is a way to demand “sensible gun control.”

Another rally is scheduled in Carlisle for Sunday, March 18, this one also at 2 p.m. and organized by Cumberland Valley students.

Carlisle students organizing this Sunday’s rally said they respect the significance of the right to bear arms but want gun control to prevent school shootings. Delp said their voices don’t mirror what many think in Cumberland County.

“Carlisle and Mechanicsburg are conservative areas, and they don’t agree with ‘Cease Fire,’” he said.

As of Friday morning, Delp was still planning his rally and did not know who else will be involved Sunday.

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