14,000 shoes

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on the capital lawn represent 7000 children who have died in this country since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. It is really effective because it conveys that, for the most part, there are 7000 people who should still be going to school and growing up and growing strong and learning things and preparing for the future and being the future. But they have been killed by gun violence. Several of my family members have served in the military. I grew up in a red state where people hunted and it was not uncommon to have a house full of guns. As a mother and a human being who loves other human beings, I find the fact that all of these children have lost their lives in this manner (and the gun lobby’s ownership of ANY politician, regardless of party) completely unacceptable.

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