US Thousands of shoes laid outside Capitol for kids killed by gun violence

08:06  14 march  2018
08:06  14 march  2018 Source:   CBS News

Empty shoes, empty schools: U.S. gun law activists plan two days of theater

  Empty shoes, empty schools: U.S. gun law activists plan two days of theater A makeshift memorial made up of 7,000 pairs of shoes took shape on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, as gun control activists dramatized the number of children killed in the United States by gunfire since the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre. The shoe demonstration comes a day before a massive nationwide walkout by students to demand tougher laws on gun ownership, part of a campaign that emerged after the killing of 17 students and staff at a Florida high school a month ago."This is really about putting the human cost of refusing to pass gun control at the doorstep of lawmakers," said Emma Ruby-Sachs, deputy director of Avaaz, a U.S.

Activists laid out thousands of shoes to represent victims of gun violence outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Tues., March 13, 2018.: img-6340.jpg © Courtesy of Jordan Uhl img-6340.jpg

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of shoes were laid outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to represent children who have been killed by gun violence. Avaaz, an international advocacy group, planned the demonstration to honor victims killed since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

CBS affiliate WUSA reports that the group based the protest on research from the American Academy of Pediatrics that found approximately 1,300 children are killed by guns each year, or about three every day.

A pair of turquoise blue cowboy boots stood next to a photo of Allison Parker, a 24-year-old reporter who was fatally shot on live television in 2015. Her parents looked at the boots with a mix of grief and nostalgia.

Her school vowed no penalty for the school walkout. Her teacher gave her an 'F' anyway

  Her school vowed no penalty for the school walkout. Her teacher gave her an 'F' anyway A Los Gatos, Calif., math and science teacher says the U.S. Constitution justifies his decision to fail a student on a quiz for leaving class Wednesday for the National School Walkout, despite earlier promises from the superintendent and principal that students would not be punished for participating. Load Error "When a publicly funded school promotes one side of a highly divisive political issue, we undermine the very constitution that protects the right we so cherish," David Kissner, a math and science teacher at C.T. English Middle School, told The Mercury News on Sunday.

"You can just remember her smile," her mother Barbara said. "It could just light up the room."

The Parkers were among the dozens of volunteers at the Capitol calling on Congress to take action. The protesters held up a sign that read "#NotOneMore."

Lori Haas also spoke of her painful memories Tuesday. Haas began advocating for gun control in 2007, when her daughter was shot and injured at Virginia Tech.

"I remember getting the phone call from Emily the morning of April 16," she said. "And she said, 'Hi, Mommy. I've been shot.'"

Haas' daughter survived the massacre, and since the shooting, Lori has called on Congress to take action.

"The numbers are so gross in this country," she told WUSA. "Any other cause of this carnage would be pounced on by the Congress. It's a moral failing on their part."

In the wave of walkouts, a quote from Marjory Stoneman Douglas herself becomes a rallying cry .
"Be a nuisance when it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action."Students from the Millennium High School gather during a walkout of their classes while participating in the National School Walkout in Manhattan, New York on March 14, 2018.

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