There are 7000 pairs of shoes outside the Capitol. Here's why

7000 pairs of shoes on Capitol lawn to represent children lost to gun violence since Sandy Hook

7000 pairs of shoes on Capitol lawn to represent children lost to gun violence since Sandy Hook

"The majority of gun owners want gun control and we're putting lives of these children at the feet of Congress and saying, 'Catch up, act now, let's end this'".

The display comes just one day ahead of a planned nationwide school walkout honoring the victims of last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Capitol is the home of the U.S. Congress.

Per Mashable, some shoes belong to families who lost their kids to school shootings across the country, as well as notable celebrities like Alyssa Milano. 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.

The event was planned by Avaaz, an global advocacy group, that has done similar events before. That report found that approximately 1,300 children are killed by guns each and every year.

Some schools will allow students to participate and have encouraged them to exercise their free speech rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The silent protest is meant to spur lawmakers to take action on gun reforms.

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.

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