Shoes on Capitol lawn honor kids killed in shootings since Sandy Hook

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

The 7,000 pairs reportedly symbolize the number of children that have already been killed in gun-related incidents since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

The event was planned by Avaaz, an worldwide advocacy group, that has done similar events before.

Thousands of pairs of shoes, representing the children killed by gun violence since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, are spread out at the U.S. Capitol on March 13, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The demonstration was coordinated by activist group Avaaz, which aims at inspiring action on progressive issues ranging from poverty to climate change.

Activists install 7000 shoes on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. March 13, 2018.

Avaaz's planned installation in Washington, which also featured shoes of some celebrities, comes during a wave of gun control activism. Avaaz said they would all be donated to charity after they were taken off the lawn Tuesday afternoon. Handler and MIdler apparently donated shoes themselves, as did Susan Sarandon, Alyssa Milano, Hayley Mills, Colm Meaney, and others.

Gun control has increasingly gripped the nation since a 19-year-old man gunned down 17 students and teachers at a high school in Parkland, Fla., on February 14.

"What we're saying is killing has to stop", Emma Ruby-Sachs, deputy director of Avaaz, told FOX 5-TV.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1,300 of people under the age of 18 are killed by guns every year. A sea of empty shoes also filled the grounds outside the Department of Health in 2016 to represent the millions of uninsured people who die each year from treatable conditions.

Called Monument for Our Kids, the demonstration is part of a far-reaching effort to pressure Congress to pass additional gun control legislation.



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