One week after a gunman slaughtered 20 children in a massacre that has horrified a nation, survivors of another mass shooting are gathering at the Colorado capitol.
Survivors of the Aurora theater shooting, as well as family members of the victims, are speaking at the state capitol Friday in an effort to push lawmakers towards new gun control legislation.
Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded in the July 20 shooting. Happening less than five months before the Newtown, Conn. tragedy, both rank among the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. The events in Newtown in particular have prompted an outcry for stronger gun laws.
Just two days before children no older than 7 were gunned down in their elementary school, Gov. John Hickenlooper said that the Colorado legislative session in January would an appropriate time to take up a debate on gun control.
Hickenlooper said that he didn't press the issue immediately after the Aurora shooting because he wanted to give people a couple of months to grieve.
"Now...the time is right," Hickenlooper said in an interview with the Associated Press December 12.