Sometimes it's the thought that counts.

A "cease and desist" order Roger Lund delivered to the Gettysburg office of Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, doesn't carry any legal weight, but Lund said the message behind the order is the whole point.

Lund and a group of about 80 Adams County residents delivered the letter around 11:30 Tuesday morning, about two days before the nation was set to default on its debts.

There's a national crisis that, according to Lund and his group, was caused by a small group of extremists in the House of Representatives.

Perry, according to Lund and his group, is one of them. The letter asks the congressman from York to "cease and desist in his efforts to keep the government shut down and keep the middle class unemployed in this area," Lund said.

Rep. Scott Perry
Rep. Scott Perry

Lund chairs the Adams County Democratic Committee, and he said the county's families are already suffering from the shutdown and the corresponding shuttering of the Gettysburg National Military Park.

With the National Park Service closed, the historic town of Gettysburg is missing its biggest draw to its most vital industry: tourism, he said.

"It's a ripple effect that is affecting the working people of this county, and it's unconscionable," Lund said.

With the tourist volume low, businesses aren't making money. That means waitresses aren't making tips, hotels aren't selling rooms and tour guides aren't giving tours, Lund said.

Perry's Gettysburg office was just one stop among 18 locations across the state targeted as part of a national "Cease and Desist Day of Action" organized by a coalition of progressive groups including Keystone Progress, and Democracy For America.

Numerous other Pennsylvania Republican Representatives received orders, as did Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Michael Morrill, an organizer with Keystone Progress, said Perry's York office wasn't on the list of locations compiled by the citizens organizing the deliveries.

Earlier this month, a group of about a dozen people protested outside Perry's York office, urging him to vote to approve a federal budget with no strings attached.

The congressman has voted to approve spending bills, but the bills also chipped away at the Affordable Care Act. That led to an impasse with Democrats and moderate Republicans who want a "clean" spending bill, leading to the shutdown.

Perry, who was in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, released the following statement in response to Tuesday's demonstration:

"It is my understanding that Keystone Progress, with the assistance of other liberal-leaning advocacy groups, such as, Organizing for Action, AFL-CIO, AFGE, and AFSCME, are organizing events today at several Congressional offices regarding the government shutdown and the debt ceiling. I respect their right to express their views. I welcome all feedback, especially that of the thousands of 4th District residents who have shared their concerns with me regarding the shutdown and the need for the federal government to rein in its unsustainable $17 trillion debt."