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Vigil held in front of Sen. Graham's office calling for tougher gun laws

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Goffinet McLaren is from Northern Ireland, but has been living in the United States since 1979.

Now an American citizen, she says she comes at the gun issue with a different perspective.

"I don't think, as a country, we have any right to accuse other countries of a lack of human rights, when we can't even be safe with our own children going to school," said McLaren.

Wednesday, she was one of many rallying for change.

"I would like to see Congress take action, before another Sandy Hook happens," added Elizabeth Montgomery, a teacher and organizer of the vigil.

The group of concerned citizens, teachers, parents and grandparents said they want Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to know he has constituents in the Lowcountry who want stricter gun laws, starting with universal background checks.

"I am one of the 92-percent of people in this country who support a national background check on guns," said Susan Smith, of Pawleys Island.

The group, which is part of a national group called "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense," gathered outside Graham's office on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard.

But events like these took place all over the country, as cities joined the call to end gun violence.

A spokesperson for Sen. Graham says he hears concerns from people on both sides and that he has been and remains a strong supporter of the right to keep and bear arms.

Some disagree with him.

"I would like to see a ban on all guns," McLaren said.

Graham's representative says they'll be meeting with the group sometime this week.

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