PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Residents of inner-city neighborhoods plagued by gun violence say they feel neglected and ignored even in a presidential election year marked by highly publicized shootings at a Colorado movie theater, a Sikh temple and outside the Empire State Building.
Republicans have launched a full-throated defense of gun ownership, while Democrats have largely kept quiet about an issue they used to put front and center.
The campaign's focus on jobs and the economy have muted discussion of other issues, while public opinion has swung sharply against restrictions on gun ownership. And a steep long-term decline in violent crime has removed some of the impetus for action.
But in cities like Philadelphia and Chicago, residents say politicians from both parties need to pay more attention to the scourge of gun violence.