Protestors Leave Thousands of Shoes at US Capitol

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, including Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, began promoting the demonstration days after surviving the February 14 shooting massacre at the school.

The group said in a statement that they collected 7,000 pairs of shoes for the memorial to bring "the heartbreak of gun violence to Congress' doorstep". The Capitol is the home of the U.S. Congress.

"About five families came that were victims of gun violence", says Oscar Soria, senior campaigner with the protest group.

Celebrities were also among those who donated shoes, ABC reported.

This dramatic and influential organization is only five years old. 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. "Culture is changing in America right now".

The silent protest is meant to spur lawmakers to take action on gun reforms.

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

Many Canadian cities have marked the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6 with similar "shoe memorials".

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