After signing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Obama praised the Senate Judiciary Committee for sending legislation to the Senate floor "that would crack down on folks who buy guns only to turn around and funnel them to dangerous criminals."
"It’s a bill named, in part, for Hadiya Pendleton, who was murdered in Chicago earlier this year," Obama said at the Interior Department. "You'll remember I told this story about how she had marched in the Inauguration Parade, and just a few weeks later had been gunned down about a mile away from my house."
The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013, whose co-sponsors include Illinois Sens. Mark Kirk (R) and Dick Durbin (D), includes an amendment named after Hadiya that would punish so-called "straw purchasers" who buy guns only to hand them off to criminals.
Hadiya, a King College Prep student, was fatally shot in a park just blocks from the school and Obama's Kenwood home Jan. 29.
Her death became a symbol of urban gun violence. Her parents sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama, who attended Hadiya's funeral, at this year's State of the Union address.
At that event, Obama said Hadiya's parents and other victims of gun violence "deserve a vote" for anti-gun violence measures.
"I urge the Senate to give that bill a vote. I urge the House to follow suit," Obama said Thursday about the bill. "And I urge Congress to move on other areas that have support of the American people — from requiring universal background checks to getting assault weapons off our streets — because we need to stop the flow of illegal guns to criminals, and because Hadiya’s family and too many other families really do deserve a vote."