Michelle Obama is making a rare foray into a controversial political issue by getting personally involved in the gun control debate — just as it appears set to dominate the Senate.

The first lady will returned to her hometown of Chicago for an event with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to speak about gun control, casting her in a leading role to push one of her husband’s top priorities.
The Senate is poised on Thursday to begin its debate on gun control. The first lady’s speech is part of a White House effort to pressure the Senate to pass legislation that would include tougher background checks on gun purchases — a provision that looks to be in trouble.

Obama has been an active and effective campaigner for the president, repeatedly addressing crowds last year to make the case for why her husband deserved a second term.

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