Charles City holds 'March For Our Lives' rally on Sunday

Two groups were able to share their message about gun control and school safety on Sunday.

Posted: Mar. 26, 2018 11:30 PM

CHARLES CITY, Iowa - A day after the 'March For Our Lives' rallies across the nation, Charles City hosted one on Sunday.

That's because the weekend weather made them postpone.

Nearly 50 people gathered near Central Park, with attendees holding signs that said "books not bullets" and "less guns, less violence."

Terri Hay came with her daughter Alannah.

"I don't want to be scared to send my daughter to school," Hay said.

She said the mental health piece is at the top of her mind.

"What can we do to help these kids that obviously they need help?" Hay asked.

Susan Strong is the one who organized the local event, and said this nationwide movement is one that even hit communities like Charles City.

Several speakers went up to the mic to voice their concerns. People in attendance also signed petitions to send to local lawmakers. The three petitions were for background checks, banning assault weapons, as well as high-capacity magazines.

"We're not saying you don't have a right to a gun," Strong said. "It's just that you don't need Army weapons and that's exactly what they are."

Across the street was a different kind of protest, with signs that read "guns don't kill, people do."

"We want to keep our gun rights," Corey Putney said. "You know they're saying take weapons of war, an AR is not a weapon of war. An AR is just a semi-automatic rifle. It's not a fully automatic rife."

Strong said they have every right to protest too.

"I think they are thinking we want to ban all guns, and that's not at all what we want to do," Strong said. "So, you know, their thinking and our thinking I think are pretty close."

The goal of safety seems to be the same.

"I don't like how we're separated here," Hay said, "because aren't we all here for the same reason? It's just to protect the children and the country."

Voter registration cards were also available at the rally, as another goal of this nationwide movement is to increase participation at the polls.

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