Thousands of empty shoes representing children killed by gun violence were being placed outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning.
The global advocacy group Avaaz - a US-based organization launched in 2007 that promotes global activism on issues such as climate change, human rights, animal rights, corruption, poverty, and conflict - planned the protest, which meant finding a way to collect 7,000 pairs of shoes. No link to any supporting information was included, but Avaaz said that guns kill more than "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.
The shoe demonstration comes a day before a massive nationwide walkout by students to demand tougher laws on gun ownership, part of a campaign that emerged after the killing of 17 students and staff at a Florida high school a month ago.
The shoes will be on display from 8:30 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Tuesday on the southeast lawn of the U.S. Capitol across from the Library of Congress. "We want to bring the tragedy that's been felt in communities across the country right to Congress' doorstep".
Calling for the shooting to be a tipping point for gun legislation, George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and companies such as Gucci have donated as much as $500,000 to support the March For Our Lives effort, which is being organized by the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety.