Families of Uvalde, Buffalo victims testify in Congress before House committee: WATCH LIVE

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WASHINGTON -- Parents of victims and survivors of the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde are appearing before a House committee Wednesday in an effort to bring home the devastation of America's gun violence epidemic.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., the chairwoman of the Oversight Committee, said last week that the hearing will examine the human impact of gun violence and the urgency for lawmakers to enact gun control legislation.

"It is my hope that all my colleagues will listen with an open heart as gun violence survivors and loved ones recount one of the darkest days of their lives," Maloney said in a statement. "This hearing is ultimately about saving lives, and I hope it will galvanize my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation to do just that."

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The panel for Wednesday's hearing will include testimony from the mother of a 20-year-old man who was shot in a racist mass shooting last month in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, as well as the parents of a 10-year-old girl shot and killed in her elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, 12 days later.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams is also set to testify. He says New Yorkers deserve help from lawmakers.




Since 2017, mass shootings in the United States -- described as shooting incidents in which at least four people are injured or killed -- have nearly doubled year over year. Already, there have been 212 mass shooting incidents in 2022 -- a 50% increase from 141 shootings in May 2017. The graphic above shows the number of shooting incidents per state. Mobile users: Click here to see our map of mass shootings in the US from the last five years




The number of people injured or killed does not include the suspect or perpetrator. These graphics show the number of victims across all mass shootings from the last five years.
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