Children's shoes at Capitol represent those killed in last 5 years


The organization also said that some celebrities donated shoes as well, including Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Alyssa Milano, and Chelsea Handler. KGO-TV reports, the display is part of a massive memorial by a community organization called Avaaz.

One of the parents who attended the protest on Tuesday was Tom Mauser, whose 15-year-old son Daniel was killed in the 1999 Columbine shooting.

Students across the country plan to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 students and staff members who were killed in the February 14 massacre.

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The shoes are set to be donated to various charities after the demonstration ends, also on Tuesday.

The event was planned by Avaaz, an global advocacy group, that has done similar events before.

Organizers of the memorial said the Parkland shooting was the catalyst for creating the memorial. She said open access to weapons is "giving power to trembling hands". Approximately five years and three months passed between the Sandy Hook shooting and the demonstration; in that period of time by those figures, the number of children killed by guns would be roughly 6,825. Her daughter survived the shooting.

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Tuesday's 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.

Several mass shootings have occurred since Sandy Hook, including the October 1 tragedy in Las Vegas, a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and another school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida.

According to the Department of Health, teens and young people under 24 are more likely than any other age group to be murdered with a gun.

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