Pairs Of Shoes Flanked The Capitol In Powerful Nod To Gun Violence

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

According to the group's website, Avaaz is a US-based organization that was launched in 2007.

After the Parkland shooting, Avaaz also had three billboards positioned outside Florida Senator Marco Rubio's office in Doral, Florida calling him out on gun legislation.

A HAUNTING gun violence protest saw 7,000 pairs of shoes left outside Capitol Hill to mark the number of people killed with firearms since Sandy Hook.

Gun control has increasingly gripped the nation since a 19-year-old man gunned down 17 students and teachers at a high school in Parkland, Fla., on February 14.

"Before so many of us march in our capital and across the nation, we want to call attention to all those who can't and remind Congress that part of why we march is because [gun violence victims] can't", Soria told NBC Washington last week.

Some famous names have also contributed to the project, including Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Alyssa Milano, Chelsea Handler, Vanessa Bayer, Brett Davern and Hayley Mills.

Gabrielle Weiss, a 24-year-old volunteer who helped lay out the shoes Tuesday morning, said she wanted to help keep the issue of gun violence alive in the news cycle after seeing it fade after past shootings.

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

One of the parents in attendance Tuesday was Tom Mauser, whose son was killed in the Columbine school massacre.

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".

A 2017 study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that an average of 1,300 kids die annually in the US from gun-related injuries.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on the Parkland shooting and failures by Federal Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement to recognize warning signs exhibited by the gunman before the massacre.

The 7,000 pairs of donated shoes were meant to represent every person under the age of 18 that has been killed by a firearm since the Sandy Hook massacre.

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