Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of USA gun violence

Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of USA gun violence

Thousands of shoes line the lawn outside the U.S. Capitol, representing children killed by gun violence since the sandy hook school shooting.

'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'.

The memorial was set up by Avaaz, a group that mobilizes activists largely through online campaigns and petitions.

The organization also said that some celebrities donated shoes as well, including Chelsea Handler, Alyssa Milano, Bette Midler, and Susan Sarandon. Since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Dec 2012 until now, the math shakes out to roughly 7000 kids (0-17) killed by guns since then.

About 1,300 people below the age of 18 are killed by gunfire in the United States every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pairs of shoes are laid out on the lawn outside of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, March 13, 2018.

The walkout has won the support of many school districts and civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union. Her pursuit of gun control all began in 2007, when she received a devastating phone call from her daughter, who was studying at Virginia Tech.

Dozens of colleges and universities across the country, including at least three Ivy League schools, have said their application processes will not consider disciplinary action taken against high school students who engage in protests.

Organizers of the memorial said the Parkland shooting was the catalyst for creating the memorial.