Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

The impromptu memorial was coordinated by global activist group Avaaz.

Organizers say shoes were donated from across the country and stored in a Washington, DC, warehouse until Tuesday.

"Students are walking out of their schools, survivors are marching in the streets, and parents are here on the Capitol to honour the children we've lost and make a clear demand: not one more gun death".

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Although there was no link to any figures or date, Avaaz said the study found that guns kill an average of "1,300 American kids a year".

The massacre was the deadliest school shooting since 20 children and six adults were shot dead at Sandy Hook more than five years ago.

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.

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Aside from honoring those who have died due to gun violence, the worldwide advocacy group is also sending a clear message to Congress, demanding that they take action and implement better gun control legislation. The number of shoes placed on Capitol Hill, as well as the size of the Monument For Our Kids, was meant to communicate a powerful message to the government.

Over 7000 shoes sit on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2018.

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

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"I was happy that we were doing this a while after (the Florida shooting) just to keep beating the drum", said Weiss. Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week signed into law a new gun control bill that enables some teachers who undergo proper training to carry concealed weapons, in addition to other restrictions like raising the minimum purchase age for guns from 18 to 21.


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