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Tucson shooting survivors turn to YouTube to demand a gun control plan

The striking video is part of a national campaign designed to encourage a stated opinion on gun control from this year's presidential candidates.


Chase Hoffberger


Posted on Aug 8, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 1:09 pm CDT

Sentiment surrounding election season is already in full swing around YouTube.

Sunday, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Action Fund posted a video promoting Demand a Plan, a national campaign designed to encourage a stated opinion on gun control from this year’s two primary candidates, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Narrated by three individuals wounded in last January’s Tucson, Ariz., shooting—retired United States colonel Bill Badger, Pat Maisch, and Pam Simon—the PSA points to the Center for Disease Control estimate that 48,000 Americans will be killed by gunshots in the next presidential term.

The video also references the fact that the two candidates have been notably mum on the issue since James Holmes’s shooting spree in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater killed 12 innocent people.

“Our leaders gave us a moment of silence, but they haven’t given us a plan,” the three Tuscon speakers say. “President Obama, Governor Romney, we demand a plan.”

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is gathering signatures from people demanding a plan to end gun violence at The site also hosts a counter for the number of Americans reportedly murdered with guns since the Aurora tragedy. At press time, it was at 663.

“What we need from our nation’s leaders is more than just a moment of silence,” the petition reads. “We need a moment of courage.”

Photo via YouTube

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*First Published: Aug 8, 2012, 1:53 pm CDT