Activists lineup thousands of children's shoes outside US Capitol lawn

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

A temporary memorial at the U.S. Capitol displays a pair of empty shoes to illustrate the 7,000 children killed by guns since the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The Parkland shooting was the deadliest school shooting since 26 were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT.

The global advocacy group Avaaz - a US-based organization launched in 2007 that promotes global activism on issues such as climate change, human rights, animal rights, corruption, poverty, and conflict - planned the protest, which meant finding a way to collect 7,000 pairs of shoes. The majority of Americans want gun control.

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Organizers say they wanted to bring the call for gun control to congress' doorstep.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, including Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, began promoting the demonstration days after surviving the February 14 shooting massacre at the school. Some of the shoes being placed on the lawn are from some of the victims, according to Avaaz.

"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.


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