THEN AND NOW: HOW MANY WILL IT TAKE?
A quarter of century of America's firearm epidemic has taken 750,000 lives
One photo shows a 1994 display of 40,000 empty shoes representing one year's gun death toll, brought over a two day period almost to Congress' doorstep; organized by grassroots Silent March volunteers.
The other photo shows a protest nearly a quarter century later, on Congress' back lawn. In 2018, 7,000 shoes representing children and youth graphically illustrate the gun death toll of youth since the tragic 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook, organized by Avaaz. #neveragain #listentothekids #studentsdemandaction #NotOneMore
Silent March is a grassroots organization that innovated the public education "gun protest shoes" project. In 1994, we collected and displayed one pair of shoes for each person killed by firearms in a given year. These rows and rows of eloquent, silent shoes, going nowhere, is a "silent march." There are shoes of suicide victims. Homicide victims. Victims of accidental shootings. Some shoes have personal notes tucked inside sent by family members of victims. Other shoes are sent by people who don't want to become victims of gun violence.
Since 1994, Silent March volunteers nationwide have organized hundreds of empty shoe exhibits, or "Silent Marches" across the country--from the US Capitol to the front gates of the nation's largest gun makers, to the Liberty Bell, all to demand that elected officials stop this senseless gun violence -- by commonsense regulation of firearms like other inherently dangerous products, such as cars, tobacco and alcohol.
If you have lost someone to gun violence, please join in the Silent March in your own state. Bring a pair of their shoes with a personal note inside, or a pair of your own shoes, with a photo, note, or poem about how gun violence (including the fear thereof) has harmed you or your loved ones.
750,000 AMERICANS HAVE DIED SINCE EMPTY PROTEST SHOES FIRST APPEARED AT CONGRESS TO PROTEST GUN VIOLENCE & DEMAND REGULATION IN 1994. That's three-quarters of a million people:
- the entire population of Charlotte and Detroit
- 7 times the number of fans seated at Michigan Stadium, the nation's largest
- more than 1,400 airbus 380 airplanes.