Called Monument for Our Kids, the demonstration is part of a far-reaching effort to pressure Congress to pass additional gun control legislation. "All of these shoes cover more than 10,000 square feet".
A group of activists used the shoes to symbolize the amount of American children who lost their lives due to gun violence since December 14, 2012.
"About five families came that were victims of gun violence", Soria said. The shoes, all worn, were donated by thousands of people across the country, organizers said. A sea of empty shoes also filled the grounds outside the Department of Health in 2016 to represent the millions of uninsured people who die each year from treatable conditions.
One of the parents in attendance Tuesday was Tom Mauser, whose son was killed in the Columbine school massacre.
The temporary memorial was on display from 8:30 a.m.to 2 p.m. on the southeast lawn of the U.S. Capitol across from the Library of Congress.
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A pair of turquoise blue cowboy boots stood next to a photo of Allison Parker, a 24-year-old reporter who was fatally shot on live television in 2015.
Event organizers claimed the 7,000 pairs of shoes - 14,000 shoes altogether - symbolized the 7,000 children killed in the United States between December 14, 2012 and March 13, 2018. Members of AVAAZ spent the morning placing them as a symbol of the number of lives lost since the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Ct.
The shoes are set to be donated to various charities after the demonstration ends, also on Tuesday.