President Joe Biden announced new efforts Wednesday to stem a rising national tide of violent crime but questions persist about how effective the federal efforts will be in calming what could be a turbulent summer.
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Biden spoke at the White House, announcing a plan that focuses on addressing gun violence, providing money to cities that need more police and offering community support.
Crime rates have risen after plummeting during the initial months of the coronavirus pandemic, creating economic hardship and anxiety.
The steps he is taking are aimed at cracking down on gun dealers who break federal law and establishing strike forces in several cities to help stop weapons trafficking.
He also is seeking more money for the agency that tracks the nation’s guns.