Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

People left 7,000 pairs of shoes on the lawn of the US Capitol on March 13 to represent the number of children's lives lost to gun violence since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

To stage the protest, Avaaz crowdsourced the thousands of pairs of shoes from the families of the victims of gun violence and concerned citizens.

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

"What we're saying is killing has to stop", said Emma Ruby-Sachs, deputy director of Avaaz, who spoke with FOX 5's Bob Barnard.

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 says shoes have also been donated by celebrities, including Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Alyssa Milano, Chelsea Handler, Vanessa Bayer, Brett Davern, Hayley Mills, Colm Meaney, Brenda Meaney, and Harry Clarke. That report found that approximately 1,300 children are killed by guns each and every year.

Several mass shootings have occurred since Sandy Hook, including the October 1 tragedy in Las Vegas, a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and another school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida. "Culture is changing in America right now".

"These kids, it's their lives". The shoes, all worn, were donated by thousands of people across the country, organizers said.

The event was planned by Avaaz, an global advocacy group, that has done similar events before.

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