School violence remembered as thousands of shoes placed before US Congress

7000 pairs of shoes on Capitol lawn to represent children lost to gun violence since Sandy Hook

There are 7000 pairs of shoes outside the Capitol. Here's why.

"The majority of gun owners want gun control and we're putting lives of these children at the feet of Congress and saying, 'Catch up, act now, let's end this'".

A group of activists, using the shoes to illustrate how many American children were lost to gun violence since December 14, 2012.

The organization also said that some celebrities donated shoes as well, including Chelsea Handler, Alyssa Milano, Bette Midler, and Susan Sarandon.

Activists and volunteers gathered at dawn, placing 7,000 colorful pairs of donated children's footwear side by side in a trapezoid shape to commemorate those who have died since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

"I'll be traveling to D.C. literally wearing my son Daniel's shoes, the ones he wore the day he died at Columbine", Mauser said, according to a statement from Avaaz.

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Students across the country will walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 victims who lost their lives in the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Pairs of shoes are laid out on the lawn outside of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, March 13, 2018.

The Parkland shooting was the deadliest school shooting since 26 were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT. When extrapolated to the five-year, three-month period the empty shoes protest encompasses, the number is closer to 7,460.

A 19-year-old with a semi-automatic rifle killed 17 people at a high school in Florida on February 14, sparking rage among parents, students and educators.

This isn't the first display addressing gun violence from Avaaz.

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