Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

The temporary memorial was on display from 8:30 2 p.m. on the southeast lawn of the U.S. Capitol across from the Library of Congress. Prominent celebrities, including Bette Midler and Chelsea Handler, helped publicize the drive via social media.

A stark reminder and memorial to the children's lives lost to gun violence was spread out on the U.S. Capitol lawn on Tuesday, a sight that prompted passersby and tourists to take photos of an unsettling scene.

One of the parents who attended the protest on Tuesday was Tom Mauser, whose 15-year-old son Daniel was killed in the 1999 Columbine shooting.

The shoes are set to be donated to various charities after the demonstration ends, also on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump favored age limits on gun purchases and other restrictions immediately after the Florida shooting. She said open access to weapons is "giving power to trembling hands". Her daughter is taking part in an active shooter drill at school on Wednesday, a necessity that she described as a "terrifying reality". A sea of empty shoes also filled the grounds outside the Department of Health in 2016 to represent the millions of uninsured people who die each year from treatable conditions.

The event was planned by Avaaz, an global advocacy group, that has done similar events before. This activation is a precursor to the March 14 National School Walkout, where thousands of students across the nation plan to walk out of their classes as a demonstration of their outrage to the lack of movement on gun control.

It comes nearly a month after 17 people were killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

This isn't the first display addressing gun violence from Avaaz.

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