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7,000 pairs of shoes

Postby mothra » 15 Mar 2018, 14:53

Families of children killed by gun violence lay 7,000 pairs of shoes outside US Capitol
Visual memorial represents thousands killed since Sandy Hook massacre in 2012

Thousands of pairs of shoes have been laid on the lawn outside the US Capitol in Washington DC this week in protest at the huge scale of children killed by gun violence in America.

The shoes represent the 7,000 children who have lost their lives in shootings since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

Avaaz, a global advocacy organisation, planned the visual memorial to honour the victims and demonstrate in favour of gun control reform.

The shoes were donated by family members of victims, as well as protesters and celebrities, including Alyssa Milano, Susan Sarandon and Bette Midler.

“Avaaz will bring the heartbreak of gun violence to Congress’ doorstep,” the organisation’s website reads.

“Guns kill over 1,300 American kids a year according to the CDC. The Parkland shooting was the 17th school shooting just this year.”

In February, 17 people were killed when shooter Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

It was the deadliest US school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012.

Tom Mauser, the father of a teenage boy killed in the Columbine school shooting in 1999, attended the visual protest outside the Capitol building on Tuesday.

“I’ll be travelling to DC literally wearing my son Daniel’s shoes, the ones he wore the day he died at Columbine,” he told Avaaz ahead of the demonstration.

“I think this kind of event with shoes offers a very powerful metaphor both for how we miss the victims who once filled those shoes, and also for how we see ourselves wanting to walk in their place, seeking change, so that others don’t have to walk this painful journey.”

Emma Ruby-Sachs, deputy director of Avaaz, said in a statement: “The culture on guns is shifting and we can all feel it.

“Students are walking out of their schools, survivors are marching in the streets, and parents are here on the Capitol to honour the children we’ve lost and make a clear demand: not one more gun death.”

In the wake of the Florida shooting in February, state governors signed a new school safety bill that will allow some school teachers to carry guns.

The legislation also raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and bans bump stocks, devices which allow guns to mimic automatic fire.

Just hours after the legislation was passed, the National Rifle Association (NRA) announced plans to sue the state of Florida, claiming the new legislation “totally eviscerates the right of law-abiding citizens between the ages of 18 and 21 to keep and bear arms”.

The NRA claims the ban is “particularly offensive with respect to young women” as women are less likely to engage in violent crime than “older members of the general population who are unaffected by the ban”.

President Donald Trump vowed to take action to prevent gun crime at schools following the Parkland shooting, but later said there is “not much political support” for raising the minimum age to purchase certain guns, a measure he has previously backed

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/us-capitol-gun-violence-shoes-protest-children-victims-washington-congress-donald-trump-a8255201.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook
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Re: 7,000 pairs of shoes

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Postby mothra » 15 Mar 2018, 14:58

And to this and the mass school walk-out, how does the NRA respond?

Well. like this:

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Re: 7,000 pairs of shoes

Postby johnsmith » 15 Mar 2018, 15:01

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those numbers can't be correct can they? :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG
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Re: 7,000 pairs of shoes

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johnsmith wrote:
those numbers can't be correct can they? :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG


As far as i could fact-check, yes.
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Postby mothra » 15 Mar 2018, 15:05

Those gumboots rip my heart out. My son had a pair very similar.
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Re: 7,000 pairs of shoes

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mothra wrote:
johnsmith wrote:
those numbers can't be correct can they? :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG


As far as i could fact-check, yes.



makes you want to cry
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Re: 7,000 pairs of shoes

Postby mothra » 15 Mar 2018, 15:52

johnsmith wrote:
mothra wrote:
johnsmith wrote:
those numbers can't be correct can they? :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG :OMG


As far as i could fact-check, yes.



makes you want to cry



I have. Tears of heartbreak and tears of rage.
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Postby mothra » 15 Mar 2018, 15:58

Rewatched "Bowling For Columbine" with the kids the other night. Couldn't get my head around all of the answers being right there but still more kids are dying.

And the fucking NRA ... having a rally in the same town as Columbine just afterwards .. with Charleton Heston rabidly spewing £From my cold dead hands" as he waves his penis extension about. And thy did it again after a 6 year old killed a class-mate because his mother didn't notice he'dpacked his uncle's gun in his schoolbag .. because she was on a bus,travelling an hour and a half at 5am to work 2 minimum wage jobs to repay her welfare.

It's just not possible to know which part is the most fucked up.
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mothra wrote:Rewatched "Bowling For Columbine" with the kids the other night. Couldn't get my head around all of the answers being right there but still more kids are dying.

And the fucking NRA ... having a rally in the same town as Columbine just afterwards .. with Charleton Heston rabidly spewing £From my cold dead hands" as he waves his penis extension about. And thy did it again after a 6 year old killed a class-mate because his mother didn't notice he'dpacked his uncle's gun in his schoolbag .. because she was on a bus,travelling an hour and a half at 5am to work 2 minimum wage jobs to repay her welfare.

It's just not possible to know which part is the most fucked up.



the NRA is the perfect example of whats wrong with political donations. ONLY 3% of Americans have guns, 70% of Americans want tougher gun laws, and the NRA with the use of political donations is able to influence politicians so the views of the greater majority are ignored

Political donations are an anathema to democracy
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Postby mothra » 15 Mar 2018, 16:11

johnsmith wrote:
mothra wrote:Rewatched "Bowling For Columbine" with the kids the other night. Couldn't get my head around all of the answers being right there but still more kids are dying.

And the fucking NRA ... having a rally in the same town as Columbine just afterwards .. with Charleton Heston rabidly spewing £From my cold dead hands" as he waves his penis extension about. And thy did it again after a 6 year old killed a class-mate because his mother didn't notice he'dpacked his uncle's gun in his schoolbag .. because she was on a bus,travelling an hour and a half at 5am to work 2 minimum wage jobs to repay her welfare.

It's just not possible to know which part is the most fucked up.



the NRA is the perfect example of whats wrong with political donations. ONLY 3% of Americans have guns, 70% of Americans want tougher gun laws, and the NRA with the use of political donations is able to influence politicians so the views of the greater majority are ignored

Political donations are an anathema to democracy


Absolutely. But i think we all know by now that democracy is just lip-service in the US.

... not that it's all that much better here.

We'll see what these kids pull off though. Never underestimate shirty, passionate young people. They've changed the world before.

Maybe they can manage what even the horror of Sandy Hook couldn't do ... force gun control.
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Postby johnsmith » 15 Mar 2018, 16:17

mothra wrote:... not that it's all that much better here.


and getting worse daily

mothra wrote:We'll see what these kids pull off though. Never underestimate shirty, passionate young people. They've changed the world before.

and will do so into the future. The older generation are to comfortable reminiscing.
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