Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

Thousands of pairs of shoes were placed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, roughly one for each child who has been killed in school shootings since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, according to activist group Avaaz.

Civic organization Avaaz, the National School Walkout, and other gun control activists made a decision to represent this issue in plain sight, in a way lawmakers couldn't avoid.

'I think this kind of event with shoes offers a very powerful metaphor both for how we miss the victims who once filled those shoes, and also for how we see ourselves wanting to walk in their place, seeking change, so that others don't have to walk this painful journey'.

"This is really about putting the human cost of refusing to pass gun control at the doorstep of lawmakers", said Emma Ruby-Sachs, deputy director of Avaaz.

"There's nobody in those shoes, it's like the emptiness in our hearts from gun violence", said Mauser, 66, of Littleton, Colorado.

The Parkland shooting was the deadliest school shooting since 26 were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT. Donors include actresses Susan Sarandon and Bette Midler, and talk show host Chelsea Handler.

The demonstration comes prior to a national school walkout scheduled for March 14 that will see students walk out of class for 17 minutes in honor of each of the 17 victims killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. It was the deadliest school shooting since 20 children and six adults were shot dead at Sandy Hook more than five years ago.

"These kids, it's their lives". All of the shoes were donated, and some of them belonged to actual victims, BuzzFeed News reports.

Many Canadian cities have marked the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6 with similar "shoe memorials".

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