On Friday, July 19th, survivors of the Aurora theater massacre, families of victims, gun violence prevention advocates, and local faith leaders will gather in Aurora, Colorado to mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater that killed 12 people and injured another 70. They will join together in a day of remembrance and a call to action, urging America’s leaders to take meaningful action to reduce gun violence nationwide.
After a press conference featuring remarks from this group, participants will read the names of thousands of gun violence victims from across the country. This will last until 12:38 a.m. on Saturday, July 20th, when there will be a moment of silence at the exact time of the July 2012 shooting.
Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in this country. “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” is part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ ongoing, national effort to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America – and most importantly, to urge elected officials to prioritize the safety of the people they represent.
Learn more at NoMoreNames.org
Stephen Barton talks with FOX43 about today’s events and how the shooting affected him. He was shot with 25 shotgun pellets in the face, neck, chest, and arms during the Aurora theater shooting. He was staying overnight in Aurora during a cross-country bicycle trip with his childhood best friend, Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent. Stephen graduated from Syracuse University in May 2012 and has postponed a Fulbright Fellowship to focus on his physical recovery and work on gun violence prevention. He currently works as an Outreach and Policy Associate for Mayors Against Illegal Guns.