The families of eight victims of the Aurora theater shooting have sent a letter to the moderator of the presidential debate in Denver this week asking him to question the candidates about gun violence.
The debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney is scheduled for Wednesday at the University of Denver.
In September, moderator Jim Lehrer released a statement saying the six segments during the debate would focus on the economy, healthcare, the role of government and governing.
"To ignore the problem of gun violence in a state where two of the worst shootings in U.S. history took place – Aurora and Columbine – would not only be noticeable by its absence but would slight the memories of our loved ones killed," the letter from the families said.
"The debate takes place at the University of Denver, less than 10 miles from Columbine and only 15 miles from the Aurora Theater where our loved ones were murdered in what was the single worst shooting massacre in American history."
One of the victims, Alex Teves, graduated from the University of Denver, just a month before being killed in the theater.
Teves' parents signed the letter along with the family members of A.J. Boik, Jonathan Blunk, Gordon Cowden, Jessica Ghawi, Matt McQuinn, Micayla Medek and Rebecca Wingo.
"You, Mr. Lehrer, can help all Americans by advancing the discussion, " the letter said.