Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of United States gun violence

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

Organizers say the shoes should be filled with kids, jumping and skipping and hope the memorial will serve as a poignant reminder to Congress on the need to act on gun control.

Members of the AVAAZ group install 7000 shoes on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 13, 2018.

ABC reports the organization, Avaaz, collected the shoes over a two week period, and some of the shoes were donated by families who had themselves lost a child to gun violence.

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

The shoes will be donated when the monument is dismantled.

"I'll travel to D.C. literally wearing my son Daniel's shoes, the ones he wore the day he died at Columbine", said Tom Mauser. She said open access to weapons is "giving power to trembling hands". "Students are walking out of their schools, survivors are marching in the streets and parents are here on the Capitol to honor the children we've lost and make a clear demand: Not one more gun death". In 2015, they lined up thousands of shoes in Paris in a protest for climate change action.

A stark reminder and memorial to the children's lives lost to gun violence was spread out on the U.S. Capitol lawn on Tuesday, a sight that prompted passersby and tourists to take photos of an unsettling scene. Millions of students are anticipated to leave school on Wednesday to protest gun laws and remember the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

The demonstration was genuine and took place on 13 March 2018.

According to the Department of Health, teens and young people under 24 are more likely than any other age group to be murdered with a gun.

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