Dark Knight Shooting Victim Turns To YouTube To Demand A Plan To Stop Gun Violence

By Megan O'Neill 

Over the summer the world mourned as 12 people were killed and 57 were injured in a mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado at the premiere of the Dark Knight.  Now, one of the shooting survivors is turning to YouTube to demand a plan to stop gun violence.

Stephen Barton survived being shot in the face and neck.  “But I was lucky,” he says.  “In the next four years, 48,000 Americans won’t be so lucky because they’ll be murdered with guns in the next President’s term.”  That’s enough people to fill over 200 theaters.

Barton encourages viewers to watch the Presidential debates, the first of which is tomorrow Wednesday October 3 and will stream live on YouTube, and demand a plan to stop gun violence.

Barton told the Associated Press, that it is “extremely frustrating” that both Romney and Obama have shied away from discussing gun policy.  He said, “Especially now, given what’s happened in the past few months with guns and these mass shootings, I don’t think there is a better opportunity to talk about this.”

“At some point we have to demand a certain level of courage and independence among politicians.  At some point you just have to expect more, even in an election season.  It’s really just a very basic request that both candidates start talking about this, that they take the situation seriously.”

The ad, which doesn’t not endorse either Obama or Romney, was paid for by United Against Illegal Guns Support Fund.  Viewers are invited to sign a petition at demandaplan.org.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.