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A survivor of the mass shooting inside a Colorado movie theater said that in the next four years, 48,000 Americans (will) be murdered with guns in the next president’s term if the Gun Control Act is not passed in a new advertisement.
Stephen Barton, who is a Syracuse University graduate and happened to be in the theater during the screening of the “Dark Knight”, is making a plea to President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney to make gun control a top talking point in upcoming debate.
“This past summer in a movie theater in Colorado I was shot,” Barton said in an ad sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. ”In the next four years, 48,000 Americans (will) be murdered with guns in the next president’s term,” he said in the ad, which is timed to the first presidential debate.
“So when you watch the presidential debates, ask yourself: Who has a plan to stop gun violence? Let’s demand a plan,” the New York Daily News quoted him, as saying. According to the report, Barton said that he wanted to make the most of his survival.
“I can’t sit back and be frustrated by people not caring unless I myself are trying to make them care,” Barton, 22, said. He has joined the staff of the Mayor Bloomberg-founded group to promote the ad.
He was shot, riddled with 25 shotgun pellets, with one narrowly missed an artery and another struck near his eye.