WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- The Wilmington Peace Group gathered at the intersection of South College Road and Oleander Drive to protest the potential involvement of the United States military in the ongoing conflict in Syria.
The protest comes in light of President Barack Obama's request to Congress that U.S. military forces be sent to Syria.
Jay Vics, one of the protesters, said he thinks the United States should stay out of the situation.
"Don't believe that droppin' a bomb is gonna be the answer," said Vics. "I don't think it ever is. It insights more hate."
Steve Lee organized the peaceful gathering. He hopes it will get the attention of our elected lawmakers.
"Now we're out here also to convince our Representative Mike McIntyre that the vast majority of American people do not want to get engaged in Syria," said Lee.
Vics said he won't change his mind on this issue, even if Congress backs the President's request.
"If Congress votes for military action, so be it, but I'm still against it," Vics explained.
Saturday, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan issued a press release that reads in-part , "Without putting American troops on the ground, the atrocities in Syria require a strong response that will prevent them from happening again."
US Congressman Mike McIntyre issued the following statement early Monday morning:
"It is the constitutional responsibility of Congress to provide for the common defense of our citizens, our communities and our country.
The recent actions in Syria raise very serious concerns regarding the use of chemical weapons, and it is appropriate that any potential military response be discussed with and debated by Congress. As this debate moves forward, the important question to be answered is whether our involvement in a foreign country's civil war meets the threshold of endangering our own national security."
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