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Thursday, April 11, 2013

A file photo of Michelle Obama.
Image: White House.

United States First Lady Michelle Obama, has added her voice to the gun control debate this week, following President Barack Obama, who spoke out last week to push for background checks on gun purchase,

Mrs Obama spoke on Wednesday in Chicago, where she grew up and the Obama family have a home, as gun violence remains a problem for the city.

The speech was a rare engagement with politics for the First Lady, who has been moved to speak about gun control by recent tragedies, working to support the President, who is "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."

The First Lady appeared emotional as she spoke about the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student who had performed at President Obama's inauguration just a week before her death, remarking upon the similarity between the teenager and herself, "What I realised is that... Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her...But I got to grow up."

The President is pushing for expanding current background checks, which have allowed up to 40% of buyers to evade background checks, spurred on by recent tragedies, like Miss Pendleton's death and the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, which killed 26 people last year. Approval has been granted for a new bill, which is to appear before the Senate for debate.

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