Gun control activists placed an estimated 7,000 pairs of children's shoes on the southeast lawn of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to memorialize children killed by gun violence.
Members of the global advocacy group Avaaz helped plan the demonstration, basing the number of shoes on an American Academy of Pediatrics survey which estimates 1,300 children die from gun shot wounds in the US every year. According to those statistics, approximately 7,000 children have been killed by guns since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, thus the display featured 7,000 pairs of shoes.
"Tuesday, Avaaz members will build a monument on the Capitol lawn for the children we’ve lost to guns with 7000 pairs of shoes, representing every child’s life taken since the Newtown shooting ... Just before the March for our Lives, Avaaz will bring the heartbreak of gun violence to Congress’ doorstep," said Avaaz in a statement.
— Avaaz (@Avaaz) March 13, 2018
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Morning Blaze,” Doc Thompson and Kris Cruz discuss the numerous inaccuracies and questions raised by this anti-gun rights display.