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Data: Gun Violence Archive; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios
A deadly epidemic overshadowing President Biden's first 100 days has been mass shootings from day to day, coast to coast, affecting both urban and rural communities.
Why it matters: The United States continues to grapple with whether and how to change its gun laws. Biden is expected to urge Congress to pass anti-gun violence legislation in tonight's address. He's already ordered flags to be flown at half-staff three times in response to shootings in Boulder, Colorado, and Indianapolis as well as in and near Atlanta.
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The president also has issued executive actions, directing his administration to implement new rules addressing access to guns.
By the numbers: Last year, there were more than 600 mass shootings, according to Gun Violence Archive — the most since at least 2014.
Since Biden took office on Jan. 20, more than 700 people have been injured or killed in 139 mass shootings.
Gun background checks had already surged 40% in 2020, compared to 2019.
Of note: Axios Sneak Peek is counting down to Biden’s 100th day in office on Friday with data-driven analyses of the administration's accomplishments and challenges each day this week.
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