Gun Control Advocates Place 7,000 Pairs Of Shoes In Front Of US Capitol As Message To Congress

Charleston Lim

Prior to the planned National School Walkout this week and the upcoming march on Washington on March 24, the global advocacy group called Avaaz has staged a unique demonstration in front of the Capitol building in Washington. According to a report from CBS News, the demonstration itself involves the use of 7,000 pairs of shoes that apparently represented the number of children that have already been killed since the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. The latest demonstration is part of a new wave of gun control activism that was sparked by the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

All of the shoes were laid out on the southeast lawn of the Capitol building and were on display from 8:30 in the morning until 2 p.m. in the afternoon. As reported by Vox, the group came up with the figure based on research conducted by the American Academy of Paediatrics. The research apparently reveals that approximately 1,300 children are killed by gun-related violence each year, which means that about three children are killed each day.

Aside from honoring those who have died due to gun violence, the international advocacy group is also sending a clear message to Congress, demanding that they take action and implement better gun control legislation. The shoes are also meant to show that more children will die if nothing is going to change. This message is further made clear through the group's signs that read "#NotOneMOre."