Obama Headed to Chicago to Address Gun Violence

The visit comes shortly after First Lady Michelle Obama attended a funeral for slain teen Hadiya Pendleton

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013  |  Updated 1:15 PM PDT
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President Barack Obama will visit Chicago Friday to talk about the ongoing issue of gun violence in the city.

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President Barack Obama will visit Chicago Friday to talk about the ongoing issue of gun violence in the city.

The President is expected to address gun violence as well as strengthening the economy for the middle class in Tuesday evening's State of the Union address, which he will continue to discuss Friday at an event in the city.

The visit comes shortly after First Lady Michelle Obama attended a funeral for slain teen Hadiya Pendleton. 

The President sent a letter to the girl's family saying that he would work as hard as possible to "end this senseless violence."

The visit also follows the President's recent proposals to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting.

After State of the Union address, the President will travel to three different communities to discuss "policy proposals included in the State of the Union that focus on strengthening the economy for the middle class and the Americans striving to get there," the White House told NBC News on Sunday. 

"He'll, of course, also talk about the gun violence that has tragically affected too many families in communities across Chicago and across the country."

On Wednesday, February 13th, the President will travel to the Asheville, North Carolina area. On Thursday, February 14th, the President will travel to the Atlanta, Georgia area for an event, with Chicago being the final stop.

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