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The families of those who were killed in a movie theater in Colorado, July 20, announced that they want President Barack Obama and his White House challenger, Mitt Romney, to discuss gun violence in the upcoming presidential debates.
Reuters reported that relatives of 8 of the 12 victims issued a letter with that request.
"To ignore the problem of gun violence where two of the worst shootings in U.S. history took place - Aurora and Columbine - would not only be noticeable by its absence but would slight the memories of our loved ones killed," the letter read.
The perpetrator, James Holmes, has since been charged with murder and attempted murder, regarding the 58 who were wounded. The shooting occurred during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
Romney has since stated that more gun laws would not prevent such massacres.
"I never thought I'd be a shooting victim until I was bleeding on a floor in Aurora," Stephen Barton, a survivor of the massacre who will also appear in an ad which will air this week, said. "I was lucky, but I've seen what happens when dangerous people get their hands on guns. And I think it's fair to ask the men who want to lead the country to get past the platitudes and give us a serious plan to address a serious problem."
The Washington Post reported that Barton says this in the ad:
“I was lucky. 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, enough to fill over 200 theaters.”