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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

People from the Dubuque community are speaking out against gun violence.

"This rise and continual rise in use of gun violence really disturbs us," said Alan Garfield with the organization Children of Abraham.

Demonstrators  marched from Clarke University, Loras College and Wartburg Seminary to the University of Dubuque calling  for a solution to the problem. It was sponsored by four local peace and faith-based organizations, including the Children of Abraham.

"And the whole  subject of gun violence is a ritual, it's a constant ritual because we all read about it, every day we  read about it," added Garfield.

Students, staff and faculty from institutions in Dubuque rallied with posters in hand -- some said, "Guns create a culture of fear."

Marchers say it was important for them to be here because violence in general, has been getting out of control.

"It's a little nerve-racking,  to be honest...a lot of, some of the armed robberies have been happening by Loras College over by Pickett Street, in and around  there," said Loras College student, Michelle Kavanaugh.

They hope the rally sends a message -- they will stand together against the gun violence in Dubuque. 

Organizers say stricter gun laws can help eliminate violence. During the rally, signatures were collected for  a petition requesting that background checks are made on every gun sold in the united states.

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