14,000 Empty Shoes Stand for Kids Killed by Guns Since Sandy Hook in Haunting Memorial

14,000 Empty Shoes Stand for Kids Killed by Guns Since Sandy Hook in Haunting Memorial

Ernest Hemingway is famously, yet wrongly attributed as the author of the six word short story “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” I found myself thinking about that description upon seeing the latest memorial wrought-up outside the U.S. Capitol: thousands and thousands of shoes.

Called the “Monument for Our Kids,” the memorial’s purpose is to raise awareness for the victims of gun violence in the United States. At the time of this article’s publication, 7,000 pairs of shoes have been gathered to represent the number of children killed by a gun since the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre in 2012.

It is both simple and heartbreaking, clearly hearkening back to the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s display of shoes showing the hundreds of thousands of people murdered in gas chambers. Our own Rio Tazewell, Washington DC Special Correspondent for Reverb Press, was at the scene and recorded emotional footage of it.

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Featured image by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

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