Obama calls for tougher gun control in State of Union

The parents of murdered Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton sat with the First Lady Tuesday night, listening as President Obama talked about the need for tougher gun laws, pointing to their daughter’s death as a reason why.

Earlier in the day, Hadiya’s parents joined dozens of other families of murder victims at a Capitol Hill news conference.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin chaired a Senate judiciary hearing on gun violence and called for those in the audience who had been affected by gun violence to stand.

About half the room rose in silence.

The committee then heard testimony. One of those who spoke was Chicagoan Sandra Wortham, the sister of slain Chicago police officer Thomas Wortham who was shot and killed in 2010 by men trying to steal his motorcycle.

The president ended his plea for tougher gun control laws by calling for a vote.

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