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CLACKAMAS, OR (KPTV) -

Dozens gathered for a candlelight vigil in Clackamas on Thursday night to call for an end to gun violence.

The vigil, which was sponsored by Organization for Action and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, was one of more than 100 events held across the country in an effort to pressure lawmakers to take action.

Organizers told FOX 12 that they chose Clackamas Town Center as the backdrop for the vigil because they didn't want to forget about the tragedy that took place there late last year.

It's been three-and-a-half months since Gina Saracco heard the gunshots that changed her community. She was at Clackamas Town Center last December when a gunman stormed his way in, shot and killed two people and wounded another, then turned the gun on himself.

That shooting is one of the reasons why she came back to the shopping center for Thursday's vigil.

"I was fearful, then Sandy Hook happened three days later and I was angry. And I said, 'Okay, that's it. We're done here. I take action now. Now it's time to do something,'" said Saracco.

Saracco joined forces Thursday with dozens of others just like her who are concerned about gun violence across the country.

They held signs hoping for tougher gun laws like universal background checks on gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity magazines.

They're all issues that face uphill battles in Congress.

"We had a hearing, a markup on Assault Weapons Ban. And I asked a question that I think we ought to be asking at every hearing we have, which is 'Where is the authority in the constitution for this bill?'" said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican.

Anne Stacey, who attended Thursday's vigil, told FOX 12 that she's been fighting for change after getting shot in the face at the age of 17.

"I don't understand why people don't think this is so horrid that they can't stand up and say background checks seem to be the least-intrusive way of at least watching who's getting guns," Stacey said.

Change won't happen overnight, Saracco said. But she hopes something changes before another tragedy takes another life.

"Change starts somewhere, and starting slow with first steps is a way to go," Saracco said. 

Saracco plans to call for tougher gun laws again at a rally in Salem next Thursday, April 4. It begins at noon on the steps of the state capitol.  

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