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.
Organizers of the memorial said the Parkland shooting was the catalyst for creating the memorial. That breaks down to 3.5 killings each and 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.
"Dozens of people were seen standing in front of the shoes, holding large, black signs with the words "#NOTONEMORE" and "7000 KIDS KILLED" written on them. This activation is a precursor to the March 14 National School Walkout, where thousands of students across the nation plan to walk out of their classes as a demonstration of their outrage to the lack of movement on gun control.
"I remember getting the phone call from Emily the morning of April 16", she said. "And she said 'hi mommy". Her daughter is taking part in an active shooter drill at school on Wednesday, a necessity that she described as a "terrifying reality". Since that day, Lori has been calling on Congress to take action.
"The numbers are so gross in this country", she told WUSA.
The display was kept on the mall until 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.