My heart sank when I heard the news about the shooting two years ago in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. It was opening day of The Dark Knight Rises and 12 people had just been shot and killed at a midnight showing — 58 wounded.
The only thing I could think to do was go to Aurora. I visited the survivors and family members in the hospital.
One of the amazing survivors of the shooting I met was Steve Barton — a guy who just happened to be passing through on a cross-country bike trip when he stopped to go to the movies with friends.
Tomorrow marks two years since the Aurora shooting. Click here to watch Steve’s moving story and then share it with your family and friends to mark this somber anniversary.
Two years ago, Steve Barton was shot in the 2012 Aurora movie theater mass shooting. He survived — and has sinced joined more than 600,000 other Gun Sense Voters in the fight to reduce gun violence. Join him in taking the Gun Sense Voter pledge.
Watch and share this powerful video, and encourage your friends, family and colleages to take the pledge to vote for candidates who support common-sense gun laws.
What happened to him could happen to anyone
After the shooting, Steve focused his incredible talents on fighting for public safety measures that will prevent others’ lives from being affected by gun violence like his was. I’m inspired by his resilience and dedication.
The fact is, there’s a lot more we can do to cut down on gun violence. After the Aurora shooting, Colorado passed a strong law that has already blocked criminals from easily buying guns without a background check.
But making that kind of progress in other states or at the federal level is going to require elected officials with the backbone to act. That’s why it’s so important to support local, state and federal candidates who will push for common-sense gun laws.
On this sad anniversary, let’s all recommit ourselves to turning tragedy into meaning.
Watch Steve’s powerful message now and then spread the word:
It’s an honor to stand with Steve, with you and with all Americans fighting to reduce gun violence.