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Chicago families gave President Obama a standing ovation when he said "families of gun violence deserve a vote." Chicago families gave President Obama a standing ovation when he said "families of gun violence deserve a vote."
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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Hadiya Pendleton's murder has come to signify the ongoing violence gripping Chicago, but as the president has said in his State of the Union address, it's one of too many family tragedies nationwide.

Several people whose lives have been shattered by gun violence will be watching from the packed House gallery as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union speech.

SEE: Families of gun violence victims to attend State of the Union address

"He outlined exactly what we wanted to hear," Annette Holtz, mother of a gun violence victim, said about the president's speech. "About the universal background checks, about assault weapons bans, about just putting more resources in the communities."

FOX 32 cameras were the only ones there as the mothers left their hotel rooms headed for hearings on gun violence. The goal, they say, is to cut down on the number of families who share their pain.

At the White House briefing on Tuesday, mother Annett Holtz showed First Lady Michelle Obama a photo of her son Blair who was murdered in 2007. Blair was killed while trying to protect a female friend when police say gang members opened fire on a CTA bus after school. 

"[Michelle Obama] was just so understanding, so kind and warm," Holtz says of meeting the first lady. "We talked about education. I said 'we need to go back to having vocational education.' She said, 'like CVS' and I said, 'yeah, I went to CVS exactly the plan.'"

The gunman is still on the loose in the case of Pam Bosley's son Terrell, who  was killed after leaving choir rehearsal in 2006. Bosley says it was a bittersweet day for her in Washington, but meeting the first lady was "awesome."

"I introduced her to my son Terrell," Bosley explains. "She was listening, she was passionate, she gave us hugs, she really cared."

Sandra Wortham's brother was a Chicago police officer who was gunned down while leaving his parent's house in Chatham one summer night.

"The only people who should be disturbed by common sense gun laws are those who shouldn't have guns in the first place," Sandra Wortham said. "Law abiding citizens shouldn't be disturbed by the proposals here today."

All the mothers were part of the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" two-day news conference. They want every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check, military-style assault weapons and magazines off the streets, and gun trafficking to be a felony.

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