Americans spread 40,000 white roses in front of the Capitol, paying tribute to the victims of gun violence in the United States
This Victims of gun violence in the U.S. This week turned into 40,000 white silk roses, scattered in House of Parliament In a temporary installation on a deep-rooted problem, as the death toll increased, most politicians in the country ignored the problem year after year.
Gabby Giffords has trouble navigating the National Mall, the Esplanade opposite the Capitol in downtown Washington. Ten years ago, during a political incident in Tucson, Arizona, a bullet passed through his brain and his right leg was almost paralyzed.
But Giffords knows the importance of taking pictures in the flowers that his organization has scattered a few meters from the Houses of Parliament to commemorate 40,000 people Killed every year due to armed violence United States.
After the Arizona shooting, Giffords must resign as a Democratic congressman and focus on restoring speech and motor skills.
Ten years later, speaking every word is still a challenge, but the previous legislator has become a symbol of the most powerless struggle in American politics: those who try to persuade Congress to increase the challenge to the United States. Gun control in the country.
The installation opened on Monday and will continue until Friday, in stark contrast to other monuments decorated at the western end of the National Mall. Permanent stone and metal sculptures commemorate great leaders or commemorate past wars.
The 4000 vases distributed on the lawn, each containing ten roses, draw attention to the active, current tragedy.Just like last year, to commemorate the victims of covid-19 in Washington State, 250,000 white flags were placed in another park in Washington. United States.
The anti-gun violence organization led by Giffords took note of the pandemic facility and contacted one of its creators, Doug Landry, to design similar interventions, reflecting the annual gun retention The vast majority of victims.
“Slow Motion Epidemic”
Despite the short duration of the exhibition, due to the difficulty of obtaining a durable permit in the area, dozens of tourists and residents in Washington have stopped to consider this impressive exhibition in recent days. Like Wanda Fernández, she definitely came to the National Mall to meet her on Wednesday.
Like her, many people stopped morning jogs or bike rides to take pictures of roses, flanked by posters, recalling the annual number of deaths caused by gun violence in each state: 1,541 in Pennsylvania, 2,872 in Florida, Dirk 3,683 in Saskatchewan.
However, the audience who really sought to install this device was in the Senate, and Republicans slowed down all attempts to strengthen gun control following the 2012 massacre in a school in Los Angeles. New city (Connecticut), where 20 children died; or in the 2017 tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada, 58 people were killed.
In 2018, another armed attack claimed the lives of 17 people in a middle school in the country Parkland (Florida) A student movement marched one million people in the streets, demanding measures, but the Senate controlled by the Republican Party did not listen to them.
The two most recent mass shootings in the country in March caused 18 deaths in Georgia and Colorado-rekindling the debate on the issue. The President of the United States, Joe Biden Ask Congress to ban the use of offensive weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as it did between 1994 and 2004.
The overwhelming majority of the Conservatives, which account for half of the seats in the Senate, oppose limiting seats in the Senate.The minimum right to bear arms, Guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution.