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Colin Goddard: Living for 32

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Colin Goddard, survivor of the shooting at Virginia Tech, who is now an advocate with the Brady Campaign talks about his experience. He was the one to call 911 from the classroom and was one of the few to survive. He discusses the documentary “Living for 32,” in which he’s featured.

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Colin Goddard

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Comments [14]

Jim from NJ

This is one of the most unabashed biased anti-gun discussions I've ever heard. Here's a guy who survived an incident only to misunderstand the issue. Even host Lopate assists gun control advocates message by feeding soft questions and espousing his opinion as if it was backed by empirical evidence as well as taking calls from uninformed callers.

For example, Yale economist John Lott Jr. estimated that about 2 million crimes are averted each year owing to the use of guns for protection. Why wasn't this information shared?

Please show us valid statistics resulting from appropriate methodology proving gun control works! Good luck anti's but you won't find it because it has been proven in this country and others that gun control doesn't work.

Jan. 02 2011 11:39 PM
Anthony from Brooklyn

If carrying guns breeds opportunity for killing then it provides the same opportunity for defense.

Dec. 30 2010 11:14 PM
Anthony from Brooklyn

Well logic, reality and intelligence tell us that guns will most likely never be outlawed. Once we agree that guns WILL always be in the equation maybe then we can realize guns are not the problem. Only psychopaths end arguments with guns (not normal people of sound mind). The majority of Americans have access to guns and do not use them with any criminal intent. Only criminals who are by far the minority group of people with access to guns use them illegally.

Dec. 30 2010 11:11 PM
ellenb from nyc

I'm amazed at all the pro gun comments here. People with guns get into violent stressful inflammatory situations and shoot. This is because they have access to guns. Most don't have record of crime or mental illness. They could be us all. Other countries have low violence, and low gun possession. Here we have every few months a big public shooting or massacre of innocents in public places. But people who adhere to the
Gun Faith will then say, the more massacres the more guns we need, that this just shows we need more guns to fight off the public shooters! So it's a vicious cycle of never ending violence. Logic, reality,intelligence are shut out. Carrying guns gives killing much more opportunity.

Dec. 29 2010 12:35 PM
Anthony from Brooklyn, NY

Gun control does not work. Period! Preventing violent crime is impossible. If a known criminal or "law abiding citizen" decides they will commit a random act of violence it can't be prevented. If you took guns out of the equation psychopaths will move on to driving a car at a high rate of speed in to a crowd or arson etc etc... At least if we had national carry laws it would even the odds and when a person does decide to go on a rampage they WILL more likely than not be stopped before causing such a high number of casualties. I'm a US Army veteran and I feel if given the right to carry concealed I would be an asset to the safety of our society. I have already placed myself in harms way countless times, even as an unarmed civilian to assist fellow NYer's from being victimized. Each time I found that I hesitated before springing into (instinctive) action because I thought what if.. I have a 2 year old son I want to watch grow up but I for one can't stand idle while someone assaults a helpless person. Issuing a license to carry a firearm to "law abiding citizens" who take the time to get trained and licensed would not guarantee that everyone will be safe but I bet it would help. Hey it can't hurt; most of the other states have "shall issue" ccw laws and statistally they have less shootings and violent crimes than NYC does (even with the NYPD under reporting crimes).

Dec. 28 2010 10:47 PM
Mason from Jackson Heights

I would think that a "clean urine test" should be the condition in which you can buy and license a gun. If you have a 'dirty urine' you can bet you are not law abiding.

Dec. 28 2010 01:58 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Closing the gun show loophole is a fine idea and has been a favorite of the gun control lobby for years but the sad fact is that it will make no difference in street crime, nor would it have averted the Virginia shootings, so why is your guest so interested in getting the loophole closed?

Dec. 28 2010 01:54 PM
David Lawrence from Atlanta

No one is talking about the paranoia and fear that more gun controls will result in total erosion of the ability of anyone to own a firearm except the gov't-------a major issue.

Dec. 28 2010 01:51 PM
Dan from columbia

How about limiting the sale of bullets?

Dec. 28 2010 01:48 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

These shootings are a tragedy but gun control in the US is and always will be a failure - nothing will be gained by imposing new legal loopholes for legit gun buyers to jump through - b.g. checks do not prohibit "only" dangerous persons from buying guns, nor is everyone with a history of mental illness as is broadly defined in the gun control law a "dangerous" person, or for that matter everyone with a criminal felony record or with a restraining order - especially the latter. It is very easy for anyone to get a restraining order, judges always err on the side of the plaintiff especially in state with elected judges, just to be safe. Any history of restrainiing order or domestic violence arrest, convicted or not, are all bars to gun ownership.

Owning a gun is a right because self defense is the first right under any concept of natural law, when the criminals have guns you cannot defend yourself with a sword, and in this country the criminals will always have guns.

Dec. 28 2010 01:43 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Did they find out why the Va. Tech shooter's known psychological problems weren't sent to the background check system? Have enforcement & compliance been improved any since then?

Dec. 28 2010 01:38 PM
Johnson from Queens, NY

Colin you are a communist who is capitalizing on a tragedy to pursue self serving goals. Gun control should be considered to be firmly gripping a firearm while shooting criminals, which would have happened quickly at Virginia Tech if more communists like you had not declared the university to be a gun-free zone. Thanks to you and people like you, law abiding citizens die at the hands of evil people. Thanks a lot Colin, hope you enjoy your 10 minutes of fame.

Dec. 28 2010 01:28 PM
sara gold from NYC

I saw the film and heard you speak and take questions afterward. Many, many thanks for your willingness to revisit and share a terrible memory in order to make our gun laws sensible and, if we're lucky, to leave us all of us less susceptible to that sort of violent attack. Good luck to you!

Dec. 28 2010 01:14 PM

Just to play devils advocate, do u wish u had a gun that day.
Some say more guns would prevent these types of deaths.

Dec. 28 2010 12:16 PM

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