Activists Display 7,000 Pairs of Children's Shoes at the U.S. Capitol to Protest Gun Violence

Representing the children lost to gun violence.

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On March 13, activists gathered 7,000 pairs of kids’ shoes on the U.S. Capitol to represent the thousands of children killed by gun violence since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. Community-based organization Avaaz organized the event, inviting families affected by gun violence to bring victims’ shoes to the lawn.

Titled “Monument for our Kids,” the installation included a pair of sneakers from Daniel Mauser, one of the victims of the Columbine massacre in 1999. “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,” his father Tom Mauser said.

Celebrities such as Alyssa Milano and Chelsea Handler also donated shoes for the installation, and all 7,000 pairs from the event will be donated to charity. In other children’s news, read about how Rohingya refugee children have created toys from abandoned objects.

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