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Annette Nance-Holt talks about President Barack Obama's proposals to curb gun violence outside the White House West Wing. (video by Lynn Sweet)

WASHINGTON--Victims of gun violence and family members touched by it, including Chicago's Annette Nance-Holt, were in the audience on Wednesday when President Barack Obama unveiled his comprehensive package of proposals to curb gun violence.

Blair Holt was 16 and a student at Julian High School in Chicago when he was gunned down by a reputed gang member while on his way home from school in 2007.

The tragedy transformed Nance-Holt, a captain in the Chicago Fire Department--assigned to Engine Company 120 in Morgan Park--to an activist trying to curb gun violence.

I caught up with Nance-Hold outside the West Wing of the White House after Obama announced his plans and asked her what could help the most in Chicago. The universal background checks, she said, would help "tremendously" because of the number of illegal guns in the city as well as funding for more police.

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