WASHINGTON — One week before the seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, families of gun violence victims across the nation gathered on Capitol Hill for an emotional vigil where Connecticut’s congressmen demanded new gun legislation.

Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy demanded new gun legislation to be passed in Congress, calling on Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“We know thoughts and prayers are not enough, and we’ve said that now. We demand action,” Blumenthal said.

Over 100 family members of gun violence victims stepped up to the podium and remembered their loved ones, sharing their pictures and details about their lives.