There are 7000 pairs of shoes outside the Capitol. Here's why

  • There are 7000 pairs of shoes outside the Capitol. Here's why

There are 7000 pairs of shoes outside the Capitol. Here's why

Thousands of pairs of shoes were placed on the lawn in front of the US Capitol on Tuesday to mark every child who has been killed due to gun violence since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

To stage the protest, Avaaz crowdsourced the thousands of pairs of shoes from the families of the victims of gun violence and concerned citizens. @Avaaz says it represents the number of children who died bc of gun violence. Organizer Emma Ruby-Sachs said she thinks it's a pivotal moment for the movement to end gun violence.

Numerous proposals favored by gun control advocates, including a ban on assault-style weapons and the closing of loopholes on requiring background checks before gun purchases, are fiercely opposed by the National Rifle Association and its supporters.

Celebrities were also among those who donated shoes, ABC reported.

About 1,300 people below the age of 18 are killed by gunfire in the United States every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It comes nearly a month after 17 people were killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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.

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

Per the group's website, all of the shoes will be donated to Washington, D.C., area homeless shelters and charities after the memorial concludes.

The event mirrors a similar display the group put on following the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris ahead of the Global Climate Summit.