Survivor of Virginia Tech shooting speaks out on gun safety, controlPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Thirty-two people were killed and nearly 20 more were hurt when a gunman opened fired on the campus of Virginia Tech in April 2007. It's the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Today, one of the survivors of that massacre is speaking out at the Arizona State Capitol, opposing legislation that would allow guns on college and university campuses.
Tess Rafols talked to Colin Goddard, who is part of a tour promoting gun safety.
Goddard was in the third classroom that the gunman entered. He was shot four times.
Part of the tour includes a 45-minute documentary about the shooting and Goddard's journey since then. It's called "Living for 32."
"I'm trying to share my experience with others and share what I've learned from that day in an effort to make what I experienced and what our community experienced a little less likely to happen somewhere else," Goddard said Tuesday morning.
The message, Goddard said, is simple.
"There are reasonable steps we can take to pass common sense gun legislation that will make these shootings less likely to happen on college campuses and less likely to happen just about everywhere."
Throughout the country, the issues of gun control and gun safety are mired in controversy.
"Many people say we can't or shouldn't improve the gun laws in this country. I'm part of the next generation, I reject that premise, and I say we can and should do better," Goddard wrote on the "Living for 32" website.
"Living for 32" will be screened at the Capitol today at noon, and then at the University of Arizona's Gallagher Theatre at 7 p.m. Additional screenings will be held Wednesday at Glendale Community College's Performing Arts Center and Arizona State University's Carson Ballroom.