Michelle Obama delivers emotional speech on reducing gun violence in Chicago

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 10:40 hrs

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an emotional speech on reducing gun violence that focused on slain Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton.

At a fundraising lunch for a public-private partnership aimed at giving support to young Chicagoans and making neighborhoods safer, Michelle said 'Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her'.

She added that 'but she grew up and went to Princeton and Harvard Law School and have a career and family and the most blessed life she could ever imagine.'

'And Hadiya? Oh, we know that story', she said, recounting the life that took the 15-year-old to Washington for t Obama's Inauguration one week and dead on the South Side of Chicago the next.

According to Politico, she also made an even rarer gesture towards the political debate of the moment, urging lawmakers to take action on gun legislation.

She said that the president was 'fighting as hard as he can and engaging as many people as he can to pass common sense reforms to protect our children from gun violence'.

After her speech Wednesday, the First Lady headed south to Harper High School, which has 29 current or former students who have been shot in the past year, including eight who died. (ANI)

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