Published: Wed, March 14, 2018

Activists lineup thousands of children's shoes outside US Capitol lawn

Activists lineup thousands of children's shoes outside US Capitol lawn

Gun control advocates and students seized on the most recent school shooting to call on Congress to take up legislation to tighten background checks and restrict access to certain weapons. "All of these shoes cover more than 10,000 square feet".

Activists with AVAAZ unloading 7000 shoes in the early morning hours on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 13, 2018.

One of the parents in attendance Tuesday was Tom Mauser, whose son was killed in the Columbine school massacre.

The shoes are from family members of victims, as well as celebrities, and others from across the country.

Donors to the shoe monument include actresses Susan Sarandon and Bette Midler, and talk show host Chelsea Handler.

Eric Thayer  Reuters
Eric Thayer Reuters

The display was laid out on the southeast lawn of the Capitol. Approximately five years and three months passed between the Sandy Hook shooting and the demonstration; in that period of time by those figures, the number of children killed by guns would be roughly 6,825. They represent every child that was killed by gunfire since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

"It's awesome to see", Soria said. In November 2015, the group placed 11,000 pairs of shoes in Paris to protest climate change after the French Government canceled a march citing security concerns.

Per the group's website, all of the shoes will be donated to Washington, D.C., area homeless shelters and charities after the memorial concludes.

A stark reminder and memorial to the children's lives lost to gun violence was spread out on the U.S. Capitol lawn on Tuesday, a sight that prompted passersby and tourists to take photos of an unsettling scene.


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