Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

Almost 15,000 empty shoes were laid on the grass outside of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday - a memorial for all the children who've died by gun violence in the United States in the last five years. Participating students will leave their desks empty for 17 minutes to represent the 17 people who were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Students across the country will walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 victims who lost their lives in the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Called Monument for Our Kids, the demonstration is part of a far-reaching effort to pressure Congress to pass additional gun control legislation.

Donors to the shoe monument include actresses Susan Sarandon and Bette Midler, and talk show host Chelsea Handler. The 7,000 pairs represent all child victims since 20 kindergartners and first-graders died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012. "Together they held up a sign that read "#NotOneMore", indicating that no more children should have to go through the pain, caused by gun violence.

The walkout has won the support of many school districts and civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Capitol is the home of the U.S. Congress. Haas began advocating for gun control in 2007, when her daughter was shot and injured at Virginia Tech.

The protest was the latest movement from activists groups to call on lawmakers to take steps to curb rampant shooting incidents in US schools. Shortly after the Parkland shooting, the group set up a trio of billboards, near Marco Rubio's Florida headquarters.

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