Shoes lining Capitol represent lives lost to gun violence
Hearts to Soles Tour focuses on reducing gun violence
MADISON, Wis. — Shoes lined the Capitol steps Monday, each one representing a life that has been lost to gun violence.
Monday marked the beginning of what is being called the Hearts to Soles Tour, led by the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort.
The group says on average there are 467 deaths in Wisconsin each year involving guns.
Those with WAVE hope to reduce gun violence, and are asking lawmakers to force full background checks on any gun purchase.
“There were five non-fatal gun shootings this weekend in Milwaukee and one in Madison. I mean, it’s really unconscionable, and that we allow that to happen in our democracy, it’s shocking. So we have to do something about it,” WAVE volunteer Joy Newmann said.
The tour will head to Eau Claire and Wausau on Tuesday, Appleton on Wednesday and Milwaukee on Saturday.