Shoes on Capitol lawn honor kids killed in shootings since Sandy Hook

15 March, 2018, 05:35 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • 7000 pairs of shoes on Capitol lawn to represent children lost to gun violence since Sandy Hook

An advocacy group, Avaaz, placed 7,000 pairs of children's shoes on the lawn - each pair representing the life of a child killed by gun violence since the horrifying Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 in CT.

After the Parkland shooting, Avaaz also had three billboards positioned outside Florida Senator Marco Rubio's office in Doral, Florida calling him out on gun legislation.

Activists lined up 7,000 pairs of empty children's shoes outside the US Capitol on Tuesday.

"It's hard when you look at the scale, over 10,000 square feet of shoes on this lawn, and you're just confronted by the consequences of not passing gun control laws", Avaaz deputy director Emma Ruby-Sachs said.

We arrived at the number based on CDC estimates of ~1300 kids killed by guns a year (a number the CDC calls conservative). Leading up to the march, spokesman for Avaaz told NBC affiliate News4 they're demanding Congress pay attention to the lives impacted by gun violence.

"I'll travel to D.C. literally wearing my son Daniel's shoes, the ones he wore the day he died at Columbine", said Tom Mauser, as quoted in a Newsweek article about the display. Demonstrators, instead, used their footwear to make a statement; along with contributions of shoes by Pope Francis and sneakers from the United Nations secretary general, Ban-Ki Moon.

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The demonstration was planned by global advocacy group Avaaz to represent the number of children killed by guns since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, CBS News reports.

Activists gathered at dawn outside Capitol, the home of the U.S. Congress, placing 7,000 colourful pairs of donated children's footwear side by side to commemorate the victims of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012.

To arrive at that figure, the group cited a 2017 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found almost 1,300 children die from gunshot wounds in the USA every year.

Members of the AVAAZ group install 7000 shoes on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 13, 2018.

The Florida incident was the 17th school shooting in 2018 alone, and has sparked tensions between the National Rifle Association, the surviving students, and Democrats and Republicans both in state houses and the White House. The majority of Americans want gun control.


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