Aurora theater shooting victims speak about gun control at State Capitol Friday

DENVER - Survivors of the Aurora theater shooting and relatives of victims are urging lawmakers to take steps to prevent gun violence.

They spoke at the Colorado Capitol on Friday.

Following the observation of a national moment of silence for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School, the victims’ families called for an end to the silence and demanded our state and national leaders take serious and decisive steps to end gun violence. 

"We do nothing, then from this day forward, we are all complicit in what happens beyond this day," said Dave Hoover, theater shooting victim AJ Boik's uncle.

Gun control is expected to be one of the most heated topics at the state legislature in the coming months.

"It's been far too easy, for too long, to just look the other way," said State Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora.

Democrats have signaled they may sponsor legislation to ban assault weapons and restrict access to firearms to people with mental illness. Gov. John Hickenlooper has said the time is right for lawmakers to discuss gun control.

Twelve people were killed in the July theater shooting and more than 58 others were wounded.