Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of United States gun violence

Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of United States gun violence

An activist group on Tuesday placed 7,000 pairs of shoes on the lawn in front of U.S. Congress, in protest against lawmakers' inaction in face of frequent school shootings in the country.

"Avaaz will bring the heartbreak of gun violence to Congress' doorstep", it said in a statement, adding that guns kill over 1,300 kids a year in the United States.

"There's nobody in those shoes, it's like the emptiness in our hearts from gun violence", said Mauser, 66, of Littleton, Colorado.

Avaaz says shoes have also been donated by celebrities, including Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Alyssa Milano, Chelsea Handler, Vanessa Bayer, Brett Davern, Hayley Mills, Colm Meaney, Brenda Meaney, and Harry Clarke.

The shoes represent every child who was killed in school shootings since Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, according to the group Avaaz.

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Between the Sandy Hook massacre and the US Capitol protest, about five years and three months have passed.

The demonstration comes prior to a national school walkout scheduled for March 14 that will see students walk out of class for 17 minutes in honor of each of the 17 victims killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.

Students all over the country plan to walk out of school for exactly 17 minutes at 10am local time to honor the 17 people who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But he has grown cautiously optimistic about the prospects for change because of the new student involvement.

The shoe memorial is reminiscent of a monument on the Danube River near the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest commemorating thousands of people, including Jews, killed by fascists in the 1940s.

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