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

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

Since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Dec 2012 until now, the math shakes out to roughly 7000 kids (0-17) killed by guns since then. "All of these shoes cover more than 10,000 square feet".

"About five families came that were victims of gun violence", says Oscar Soria, senior campaigner with the protest group.

Shoes were donated by celebrities, family members of gun violence victims and American citizens from across the country. "It was an emotional moment today". The shoes were laid out on the lawn at the Capitol as a symbol to the number of lives lost to gun violence since Newtown, CT.

According to the event organizers, 7,000 pairs of shoes (14,000 shoes in total) were used in the display, symbolizing that between 14 December 2012 and 13 March 2018, 7,000 children were killed by guns in the United States.

The temporary memorial was on display from 8:30 2 p.m. on the southeast lawn of the U.S. Capitol across from the Library of Congress.

Inside the Capitol, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., paid tribute the children whose lives have been lost since the mass shooting.

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Also in attendance was Andy and Barbara Parker whose daughter, Alison, was shot on live television in 2015 while doing a news report for CBS affiliate station, WDBJ, in Roanoke, Virginia, Avaaz said in the statement.

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.

"It's awesome to see", Soria said.

The movement is calling for congress to make a change before more children's lives are cut short by gun violence.

Tom Mauser brought a pair of his son Daniel's shoes to help with the installation.

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