Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

Pauline Gross
March 14, 2018

Thousands of shoes were laid outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to represent children who have been killed by gun violence.

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.

'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'.

Explaining the meaning behind the installation, he said, "There's nobody in those shoes, it's like the emptiness in our hearts from gun violence".

Numerous proposals favored by gun control advocates, including a ban on assault-style weapons and the closing of loopholes on requiring background checks before gun purchases, are fiercely opposed by the National Rifle Association and its supporters. Avaaz, an global advocacy group, planned the demonstration to honor victims killed since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

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Celebrities were also among those who donated shoes, ABC reported.

Now, fresh off the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead and it has sparked protests from students nationwide.

Students all over the country plan to walk out of school for exactly 17 minutes at 10am local time to honor the 17 people who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. "They're not going to be distracted about Russian Federation, about other things", Mauser said. The shoes, all worn, were donated by thousands of people across the country, organizers said.

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

Other reports by GizPress

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