Seven thousand pairs of shoes were placed in front lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building on March 13, as a makeshift memorial to children killed by gun violence in the U.S. since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, according to NBC Washington.
Organized by Avaaz, a U.S.-based civic organization that emphasizes global activism, intends for the "Monument for our Kids" to put pressure on Congress to take action on gun control. Images of the striking visual have been widely shared on social media, with the hashtag #NotOneMore:
7000 shoes outside the U.S. Capitol rn to represent the children who lost their lives due to guns since Sandy Hook. Tom Mauser brought a pair of his son Daniel’s shoes to help w/ this installation. Daniel was 15 when he was shot and killed at Columbine. #NotOneMore @Avaaz @MoveOn pic.twitter.com/ibUXjzyQU2— Sara Kenigsberg (@skenigsberg) March 13, 2018
"What we're saying is killing has to stop," Emma Ruby-Sachs, deputy director of Avaaz, said. "Culture is changing in America right now. The majority of Americans want gun control. The majority of gun owners want gun control and we're putting lives of these children at the feet of Congress and saying, 'Catch up, act now, let's end this.'"
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