Shoes on Capitol lawn honor kids killed in shootings since Sandy Hook

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Thousands of pairs of shoes were placed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, roughly one for each child who has been killed in school shootings since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, according to activist group Avaaz. In 2015, they lined up thousands of shoes in Paris in a protest for climate change action.

"When students protest at schools, our school staff will respond appropriately and allow our students to be heard", said Robert Runcie, superintendent for public schools for Broward County, Florida, where Parkland's Marjory Stoneman is located. That breaks down to 3.5 killings each and every day. "It could just light up the room".

Activists and volunteers gathered at dawn, placing 7,000 colorful pairs of donated children's footwear side by side in a trapezoid shape to commemorate those who have died since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Lori Haas also spoke of her painful memories Tuesday.

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".

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"I remember getting the phone call from Emily the morning of April 16", she said.

"The culture on guns is shifting, and we can all feel it", she said.

Fortunately that phone call would not be their last. Her daughter is taking part in an active shooter drill at school on Wednesday, a necessity that she described as a "terrifying reality". "Any other cause of this carnage would be pounced on by the Congress".

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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