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Comparing the Las Vegas Attack With Gun Deaths in US Cities
Fri Oct 6, 2017 1:00pm

Comparing the Las Vegas Attack With Gun Deaths in U.S. Cities

On Sunday night in Las Vegas, 58 people were killed in a single mass shooting, one of the deadliest in American history. How does that compare with the daily gun deaths in cities across the United States?

In Chicago, 58 people were killed by guns in a span of 28 days, counting back from Sept. 29, two days before the Las Vegas attack. Many shootings were of one person, not mass attacks. In Baltimore, there were 58 gun deaths in 68 days. In Houston, it was 118 days.

These and other cities are shown below. The gun deaths, all from 2017, were tracked by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization that catalogs episodes of gun violence.®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Obviously, the biggest bang for the buck is in addressing not spectacular mass murders but the quotidian killings that are so ubiquitous that most of them do not even make the news.

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