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Activists lineup thousands of children's shoes outside US Capitol lawn

Activists lineup thousands of children's shoes outside US Capitol lawn

Donors to the shoe monument include actresses Susan Sarandon and Bette Midler, and talk show host Chelsea Handler.

From 8:30 am to 2 pm, the shoes were displayed on the southeast lawn in the hope of sending a clear message to Congress: Reform gun control legislation or more children will be killed by gun violence.

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.

'I think this kind of event with shoes offers a very powerful metaphor both for how we miss the victims who once filled those shoes, and also for how we see ourselves wanting to walk in their place, seeking change, so that others don't have to walk this painful journey'.

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The shoes are set to be donated to various charities after the demonstration ends, also on Tuesday. She said open access to weapons is "giving power to trembling hands".

But the idea has drew condemnation from educators, who said schools will be less safe, not more, with more guns around.

Wednesday's #ENOUGH National School Walkout, organized by the activists who helped plan the Women's March in Washington for the past two years, will begin at 10 a.m. local time (1400 GMT). 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.

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. There has been, on average, at least one school shooting a week in the United States since 2013.