Activists protesting the prevalence of gun violence in America have made their mark this week in D.C by placing 7,000 pairs of shoes on the lawn of the Capital building. The stunt was coordinated by civic organizing group Avaaz and represents the 7,000 children killed in shootings since Sandy Hook.
The Sandy Hook shooting took place back in Newton, CT. in 2012 when a 20-year-old shooter entered the elementary school, killing 20 children between the ages of six and 7, 6 adults, and his own mother before committing suicide himself. The mas shooting still goes down in American history as one of the most devastating examples of senseless gun violence, ever.
7,000 pairs of empty shoes cover the grass outside the US Capitol. @Avaaz says it represents the number of children who died bc of gun violence. Organizers hoping to send a strong message to Congress urging #gunreform. #NotOneMore pic.twitter.com/60YLcRKPVh— Ryan Hughes (@ABC7Hughes) March 13, 2018
Politics surrounding gun control in America – namely the mass amounts of dollars contributed by the NRA towards many of our most well-known political figures – has still managed to keep the discussion of any semblance of gun control from entering the public arena in any real way. Because of this, thousands of shootings have taken place since the 2012 Connecticut mass shooting.
Avaaz's memorial is only a modest illustration of the detriment caused by senseless gun politics in America, which continue to make incidents such as the Parkland Shooting – which took the lives of 17 Florida high schools students last month – possible.
The Capitol lawn demonstration is in conjunction with a nationwide walkout undertaken by thousands of students around the nation. The acts of solidarity in protest of gun violence are among the most recent steps taken to bring awareness to the elevated instances of gun violence in America. Currently, the U.S. consists of the highest prevalence of homicides by gun violence in developed countries.
Students are sitting in silence outside the White House to honor the 17 victims killed in the #ParklandShooting one month ago. They will then head to the Capitol where protests will continue to push for gun reform. #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/NEFlXFNQEt— Ryan Hughes (@ABC7Hughes) March 14, 2018
Just witnessed a stunning & moving memorial at the Capitol. 7000 pairs of youth shoes representing the 7000 children killed by gun violence in the US since Sandy Hook. #NotOneMore pic.twitter.com/Q5HqIGO6hK— Rob Corley (@Rob_Corley) March 13, 2018
7000 pairs of shoes for the young lives lost to gun violence since Sandy Hook. Continued congressional inaction means more lost lives, which is why I’m standing up and calling for common sense gun safety legislation that protects our kids. #NotOneMore pic.twitter.com/uDnFXBZLyt— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) March 13, 2018
7,000 pairs of shoes rest peacefully in the grass outside the U.S. Capitol today.— Paul Tonko (@RepPaulTonko) March 13, 2018
Each pair represents a child lost to gun violence since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that took the lives of 20 young children and six adults in 2012.
I am heartbroken. #notonemore pic.twitter.com/OGNazF7uQ6