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Hadiya Pendleton's mom stars in Gun Control PSA

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Supporters of gun control have released a powerful new public service announcement, featuring the mom of slain Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton.

The PSA was produced for Mayors Against Illegal Guns. It calls on Congress to take immediate action to end senseless gun violence in this country--that claims 33 lives a day. A tragedy Hadiya Pendleton's mom is in the throes of dealing with, just 18 days after her daughter's death.

"When my daughter Hadiya performed at the President's Inauguration, it was the happiest days of her life," Cleopatra Pendleton says in the PSA. "A week later she was murdered, gunned down near her school. A piece of my heart is gone."

The release of the PSA is the culmination of a very busy week in Washington DC for Ms. Pendleton, a week of lobbying for stricter gun laws to save lives--like her daughter's.

Police say Hadiya was the innocent victim of mistaken identity in a gang related shooting. Two people have been charged with her murder.

"Congress is debating how to improve gun laws," The PSA continues. "They can start with background checks for all gun sales. Tell Congress to support common sense reforms so no more innocent children are killed. And no parent has to go through this heartbreak."

Demand a plan dot org is the website for the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Besides the PSA, they've also posted an online petition, hoping to flood Congress with the signatures of thousands of Americans seeking stricter gun laws.

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