"It altered my view about humanity," Graham said of the incident. "The families of victims in Charleston did a better job representing my state than I ever could have done. They embraced the shooter, they prayed for him, they forgave him and they set South Carolina on a different course. The (Confederate) flag came down because they focused on who we were and tried to bring out the best in my state and we're well on the path to becoming a better state."
The Concord Monitor reporter asked him specifically about the shooter and gun control, to which he said, "He shouldn't have had a gun to begin with. There are about a million who have been adjudicated to be a danger to themselves and others at the state level, and that adjudication is not in the background system. I'm working with (New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly) Ayotte on legislation to incentivize states to enroll in the federal background system."