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

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

An advocacy group, Avaaz, placed 7,000 pairs of children's shoes on the lawn - each pair representing the life of a child killed by gun violence since the horrifying Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 in CT. @Avaaz says it represents the number of children who died bc of gun violence.

In the shadow of the Capitol, an emotional tribute to child victims of gun violence took an unorthodox format: Thousands of shoes.

"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.

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.

On that day, a total of 20 children and six adults were killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT. Prominent celebrities, including Bette Midler and Chelsea Handler, helped publicize the drive via social media.

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"When students protest at schools, our school staff will respond appropriately and allow our students to be heard", said Robert Runcie, superintendent for public schools for Broward County, Florida, where Parkland's Marjory Stoneman is located.

The national walkout will last 17 minutes, beginning at 10 a.m. local time, to commemorate the 17 victims who lost their lives in the Florida massacre.

Between the Sandy Hook massacre and the US Capitol protest, about five years and three months have passed. "They're not going to be distracted about Russian Federation, about other things", Mauser said.

The shoes, including sandals, boots, dance shoes, sneakers, high heels, were placed in neat rows, creating a temporary monument for the deceased.

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