President Obama speaks out about gun violence at Chicago school

By WEEK Producer

February 15, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 2:22 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. --President Obama returned home to the south side of Chicago on Friday to discuss one of his biggest priorities, the economy.

The President gave his speech at Hyde Park Academy. He pushed his plan to improve education, create stronger communities, and increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.

However, on the minds of many Chicagoians is the gun violence plaguing the city. Last month, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was killed in a Chicago park days after performing at the president's inauguration.

President Obama said he believes the problem can be solved by both sides coming together and creating common sense legislation.

"There are regional difference. The experience of gun ownership is different in urban areas than it is in rural areas. Different from upstate and downstate Illinois. But these proposals deserve a vote in Congress. They deserve a vote. They deserve a vote," said President Barack Obama.

President Obama also pushed a plan to help decrease gun violence by improving security in neighborhoods.

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