WASHINGTON (AP) — Gun violence was already on the rise during the pandemic, and now it’s spiking anew, and cities are struggling with how to manage it. President Joe Biden visits one those cities Thursday as he tries to dispel criticism from the right that he hasn’t been tough enough on crime. In New York, Biden will showcase federal, state and local efforts to get guns and repeat shooters off the streets. But there’s no appetite in Congress to pass gun legislation. Recent polls show Republicans have an advantage over Democrats as the party that would do a better job dealing with it.
Photo: Vases full of white flowers, that are part of an installation of One-thousand-fifty vases filled with white flowers, representing 1,050 lives lost by gun violence in New York last year, while they are displayed at Battery Park, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)