Gun laws: More than 700 people shot dead in the US since the Texas school shooting

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There have been gun killings in 43 of the 50 US states in the two weeks since the Texas school shooting.

More than 650 incidents have resulted in 730 deaths since 24 May, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive.

Twenty-three of those who died were children, more than the total number who died in Uvalde, and 66 were teenagers.

The figures provide the deeply troubling context for politicians on Capitol Hill as they struggle for to find common ground over how, or even if, to reform America's gun laws.

Politicians will hear testimony from the parents and survivors of the school shooting in Uvalde two weeks ago.

The witnesses will include 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo who smeared her dead friend's blood on herself. She played dead to survive.

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The hearing by the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee is titled 'The Urgent Need to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic' and comes as Republican and Democratic politicians remain divided over the extent to which gun laws should be changed.

This chart of daily gun deaths shows that the day of Uvalde wasn't even exceptional in the US - there have only been four days since the shooting on which fewer deaths occurred from guns than on 24 May.

Most incidents involve one person dying, often after the escalation of a street fight or in domestic violence situations, or at the hands of police.

For example, on the same day as the shooting at Robb Elementary School, a 15-year-old boy was killed by a 19-year-old after a fight outside a home in Akron, Ohio.

In Mobile, Alabama, a 24-year-old man shot dead his 61-year-old father. In Jersey City, New Jersey, a 59-year-old was killed by police after pulling a gun on his partner, and in Atlanta, Georgia, a 32-year-old killed a 31-year-old over a gambling dispute.

These are a selection of 33 incidents on 24 May alone.

Mass shootings since Uvalde

But since Uvalde there have also been 34 mass shooting incidents in the US, where four or more people are killed or injured in one incident.

Those 34 mass attacks have happened in 17 different states, resulting in 161 injuries and 35 deaths. There have been three new incidents in Texas alone since the Uvalde shooting.

In the first six months of 2022 there have been almost 250 mass shootings, a similar rate to the year before.

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