Thousands Of Shoes Laid Outside Capitol For Kids Killed By Gun Violence

Thousands Of Shoes Laid Outside Capitol For Kids Killed By Gun Violence

Participating students will leave their desks empty for 17 minutes to represent the 17 people who were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. "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'". The Capitol is the home of the U.S. Congress. Approximately five years and three months passed between the Sandy Hook shooting and the demonstration; in that period of time by those figures, the number of children killed by guns would be roughly 6,825. "The protesters held up a sign that read "#NotOneMore".

The shoes will be donated when the monument is dismantled.

According to marchforourlives.com, which has a map of planned protests across the country, there are also events planned for Clearwater, Pinellas Park, Brandon and Plant City.

Avaaz's website says the group received donations from victims' families, members of the public, and even celebrities.

The walkout has won the support of many school districts and civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union.

Some schools will allow students to participate and have encouraged them to exercise their free speech rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Organizers of the memorial said the Parkland shooting was the catalyst for creating the memorial. The symbolic shoe demonstrations likely draw inspiration from the renowned memorial at the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest that honors lives lost during the Holocaust.

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