Aurora, Colo. shooting survivor advocates for gun control

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October 2, 2012, 8:11 pm
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(NECN: Brian Burnell) - Stephan Barton was on a bicycling trip in Colorado - in fact, he had done 44 miles that day.

He was relaxing with friends, and they decided to go to a movie. Then the shooting started.

Barton is from Connecticut and now lives in New York. He was in the theater in Aurora, Colo. when James Holmes allegedly burst in and started firing.

"I put my arm up to kind of shield my face and my neck and that's the same instant that I was shot, more or less, by the shotgun," said Barton.

He was seriously wounded, hit by as many as two dozen pellets, and spent several horrible minutes on the floor.

"My life was no longer in my own hands. It was up to forces far beyond my control," he said.

Nevertheless, Barton survived and is taking a stance for gun control.

Barton says he's appalled that the presidential candidates are not addressing the issue, and agreed to film a 30-second ad calling on President Obama and Governor Romney to state their positions.  The commercial is the work of Demand a Plan and Mayor's Against Illegal Guns.

"After this summer in particular... not only did we have Aurora and Oak Creek and other events but, just like, Chicago alone and all the kids that died there, it's just silly that nobody is willing to touch the subject," said Barton.

People we spoke with agree.

"It makes me wonder what actually is important to them or is the safety of our people actually important to them?" said Latoyia Edwards of Bridgeport, Conn.

Andy Gil of Brooklyn says it's important for the candidates to talk about gun control, because "Look at what's going on in this city itself."

This election will not be the end of the line as far as gun control is concerned for Stephen Barton. He says he will continue the fight.

Tags: barack Obama, connecticut, colorado, shooting, New York City, Mitt Romney, politics, Survivor , Brian Burnell, gun control, Aurora, Stephen Barton
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