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Anti-violence rally in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Some Dubuquers are taking a stand against gun violence.

This comes after last week's tragic events across the country. "We were just horrified by that and knew a  lot of other people were as well, that we'd like to come together and commemorate the lives lost uselessly in this gun violence over the last week," said Tim Moothart, chair of the Coalition for Nonviolence.

Organizers say the rally is also to mourn the 90 lives lost to gun violence every day in the country.

The small group standing on a downtown corner holding signs that read, 'A Gun Is Not The Answer,' also, 'Black Lives Matter.'

Majority of these protesters are older and white, but not all of them. "Personally, I share what these other individuals feel right now...that we need to show unity in our community, that we need to show peace in our community, and that, it affects all of us.  It's not just a Black issue or a White issue, but an American issue," said Anderson Sainci of Dubuque.

But not everyone is receptive to this group calling an end to gun violence.

There was a man hanging around for a short while, who was displaying a gun on his hip. "Well, he was hovering around the group. I think it was just intimidation. He yelled at us a few times, but I think, that's kind of normal," Moothart said.

The group not affected. They continued on with their message.

Organizers  say there needs to be more understanding and unity.

At one point during the rally, there was an uncomfortable exchange of words between a man who was wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' T-shirt and an onlooker.     

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