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Senator Lindsey Graham Calls Current Gun Laws "Broken"

Gun control became an emotional issue during the State of the Union address Tuesday night. 

Many in the crowd wore green ribbons to honor the lives lost from the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. 

And the president spent time memorializing a Chicago girl who was killed by gun violence a week after performing at the inauguration.

And Wednesday, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham responded to the president's remarks on gun control using a local example of what he believes is a national problem.


February 1st, 2013, Alice Boland of Beaufort allegedly threatened a school official at Charleston's Ashley Hall.

Her history with gun threats, though, goes back to 2005 when she allegedly threatened to kill the president.


So it baffles Senator Lindsey Graham that-by law- she was allowed to purchase a gun from a store in Walterboro.


"How is it that someone in the United States who pleads guilty by reason of insanity in Federal Court and sent to psychiatric evaluation by a federal judge, been found to be a danger to herself and others, is able to pass a background check and buy a gun?" Graham said. "Thank God the gun didn't go off."


Graham used Boland's case as an example of how he says the current system is broken.  He says it's not the time to create new laws to make us feel safer, but fix the ones we have now and enforce them.


"We talk about new laws.  We talk about the emotional aspect of gun violence.  But we don't seem to be doing very much in the real world to deter people," he said.


In the State of the Union speech, President Obama urged congress to vote on new gun laws and at Wednesday's press conference Congressman Graham said he would not try to block a vote.  He wants to vote...and find something everyone can agree on that would not, for example, let Alice Boland buy a gun.

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