Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of United States gun violence


Seven thousand pairs of children's shoes were lined up on the southeast lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Tuesday in memory of every child who has died due to gun violence, the global advocacy organization Avaaz, who coordinated the display, said.

Called Monument for Our Kids, the demonstration is part of a far-reaching effort to pressure Congress to pass additional gun control legislation. Once the display is over, the shoes will be donated to homeless shelters across the US.

On that day, a total of 20 children and six adults were killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT. "The protesters held up a sign that read "#NotOneMore".

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

According to the CDC, around 1,300 US children are killed each year by guns, and nearly 5,800 children are seriously injured.

Several mass shootings have occurred since Sandy Hook, including the October 1 tragedy in Las Vegas, a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and another school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida.

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Some schools will allow students to participate and have encouraged them to exercise their free speech rights under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

"When students protest at schools, our school staff will respond appropriately and allow our students to be heard", said Robert Runcie, superintendent for public schools for Broward County, Florida, where Parkland's Marjory Stoneman is located.

The Parkers were among the dozens of volunteers, calling on Congress to take action.

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The shoes are set to be donated to various charities after the demonstration ends, also on Tuesday.