"Our ships are off the coast of Syria right now; they're ready to hit," he said. "When you get to that point, it's hard to stop it from happening."
Gary Zuckett, executive director of the WVCAG, said he approves of the president's decision to defer to Congress, and said he believes that U.S. citizens are against unilateral action in Syria.
"It's a situation that really needs to be dealt with at the international level," Zuckett said. "One nation taking unilateral action against Syria for this attack that has so far not been definitively attributed to anyone; I think it's premature to go sending troops to Syria.
"I think the majority of the citizens in this country do not want us to get into another war in the Middle East."
Lewis said a response from the U.S. alone would do little to help the situation in Syria, and only widespread intervention from neighboring nations could create a positive change in the country.
"Solutions have to come from on the ground. You've got Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and other nations who are now the recipients of the refugees who are pouring out of there," he said. "If we're concerned about all of the people who are suffering there, we should know that dropping missiles on this country right now will only create more refugees and more turmoil. If a solution is going to come, it has to come from those parties in that region."
Sunday's protest follows a rally Wednesday at the Capitol in Charleston to show solidarity for the victims of violence in Syria. More than 50 people gathered at the Capitol to urge U.S. intervention in the Syrian conflict, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives in the last two years.
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