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Virginia Tech shooting
Colin Goddard is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings. He was shot four times while in a morning Intermediate French class, and three of the bullets remain in his hips and knee. Only seven of his classmates survived.
The 2007 shooting prompted Goddard to become active in gun violence prevention issues. Having previous experience in the Virginia House of Delegates, he joined the Brady Campaign for three years and now works as a Senior Policy Advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety, known as Mayors Against Illegal Guns before 2014.
In 2010, Goddard was the subject of a documentary named "Living for 32". Screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the film shows how easily anyone can obtain a firearm in the United States without a background check. He has also appeared on television and in speaking engagements around the country, advocating for criminal background checks and closing the gun show loophole.
After a Virginia news team was shot dead on live TV on August 26, 2015, Goddard said that despite a reluctance to give notoriety to the killer (who also recorded the shooting on a cell phone) or view violence, Americans "have to see that once to really understand what it means when a gun gets into the hands of someone who has dangerous intent – what can really happen with that. People don’t just go missing, don’t get ‘lost’; people are violently killed and when people realize that I think we will be able to have the proper conversation that we so badly need in America.”
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