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Virginia Tech Survivor Is 'Living for 32' in War to Tighten Gun Laws
AOL News ^ | 12/31/10 | Andrea Stone

Posted on 01/01/2011 3:19:29 PM PST by Baladas

WASHINGTON -- Surviving the deadliest shooting massacre in U.S. history wasn't enough to make Colin Goddard an advocate for stricter gun laws. Only when he watched another rampage play out on TV two years later did the Virginia Tech graduate realize he had to speak out.

"That took me back to the day like none other," Goddard said of another troubled gunman who killed 14 at an immigration center in Binghamton, N.Y. "I was watching the body count rise and I was like, this is just the same stuff that is happening to another family now. ... I was like, I've got to get involved. I've got to do something about this."

What Goddard did was join the nation's largest gun-control organization, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. At first, he made public-service spots, speaking for the 32 people slain by a deranged gunman on the campus of Virginia Tech. But he also spoke for the 32 people killed every day in gun violence, people whose deaths don't conjure a million hits on Google.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; gungrabbers; obots; schoolshooting; survivors; universityofva; vatech
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LOL, like he thinks he's the new Jim Brady are something. This same punk went from hell to high water campaigning for his messiah two years ago, so I think I'll preach to the choir and add "so much for his opinion then".
1 posted on 01/01/2011 3:19:32 PM PST by Baladas
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To: Baladas
Hey dumbass.

RETURN FIRE.

2 posted on 01/01/2011 3:21:52 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Baladas

Maybe someone should tell him that it is already illegal to shoot people.


3 posted on 01/01/2011 3:22:17 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: Baladas

Maybe he could just MAN UP and get a carry piece.


4 posted on 01/01/2011 3:23:16 PM PST by omega4179 (Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius)
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To: Lazamataz

He’ll end up being another bitter non-entity like Tom Mauser the Columbine dude.

What happened sucked, but they just can’t catch a clue.


5 posted on 01/01/2011 3:23:45 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: Baladas

But they never consider what would have been averted if the good guys could have been armed and have resisted. Blinded and deluded are the only words that come to mind that are printable.


6 posted on 01/01/2011 3:24:09 PM PST by CynicalBear
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To: Baladas

But I thought Virginia Tech was a gun-free zone already? Such a thing couldn’t have happened there or it would imply that banning guns simply doesn’t work... /s


7 posted on 01/01/2011 3:24:09 PM PST by LastNorwegian
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To: Baladas
Classsic illustration of the fact that crediting "victims" with special wisdom or knowledge is a stupid, destructive, and unethical practice.

Twisted by his own experience, this stooge has no business polluting the discourse with his own hysterics. He should go get on a couch, work out his issues, and rejoin the human race.

8 posted on 01/01/2011 3:24:36 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: LastNorwegian

RE “But I thought Virginia Tech was a gun-free zone already?”

Just being illegal wasn’t good enough. We need to make it MORE illegal!
/sarc


9 posted on 01/01/2011 3:26:37 PM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Baladas

Gun control is kinda like trying to solve drunk driving by making it harder for sober people to own cars.


10 posted on 01/01/2011 3:26:56 PM PST by umgud
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To: Baladas
I was like, I've got to get involved. I've got to do something about this."

And I was like: "Go away and STFU, you damned fool!"

11 posted on 01/01/2011 3:27:54 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: umgud

But that’s the government way... somebody craps their pants in Mongolia and we all have to wear diapers.


12 posted on 01/01/2011 3:29:17 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: Baladas
Young Colin Goddard hasn't learned how to think yet and, apparently, a trial by fire didn't help.

Were he a researcher/scientist, I suspect he'd be one who seeks only data that supports his emotions and theory instead of simply seeking good data.

13 posted on 01/01/2011 3:30:28 PM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: Baladas
"and I was like, this is just the same stuff ... I was like,"

He sounds like a Valley Doll to me.

14 posted on 01/01/2011 3:30:38 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: hinckley buzzard
He should go get on a couch, work out his issues...

Maybe he'll get the Gunny as his shrink. ;)

15 posted on 01/01/2011 3:30:41 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: Baladas

Hey stupid.....you are asking for more of the same liberal rules that set the stage for the VT massacre!


16 posted on 01/01/2011 3:31:45 PM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Baladas

Maybe if he was man enough he would have pulled out a weapon and defended his friends and himself. Why take that right away from men that would at least defend themselves.


17 posted on 01/01/2011 3:33:43 PM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat, they sh#t one)
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To: Baladas

Why do every anti gun nut think that eliminating guns from the face of the Earth will lead to anything but rule of the biggest and strongest dude on the block?

How do you protect yourself from two or three guys out to really harm you?

“Colt made us equal” is one of the 3 enduring truths in this world, at least in part.


18 posted on 01/01/2011 3:35:56 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Baladas

Colin Goddard an advocate for stricter gun laws.

Colin we here in VA laugh at you and have made our gun laws more common sense than ever as people can carry in restaurants and bars. We need to get rid of the ridiculous law that got your friends killed. Go do something more productive with your life you loser.


19 posted on 01/01/2011 3:44:22 PM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Baladas
Brady....immigration center....

The Ft. Hood shootings were worse, but that didn't inspire him?

May I ask if Mr. Goddard is receiving any compensation for joining the Brady Center?

20 posted on 01/01/2011 3:47:02 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: DarthVader

If I’m not mistaken, the “gun free campus” law even made it a crime for off duty police officers to carry their firearms while on the campus. The only way a state legislature passes a law like that is strictly on EMOTION!


21 posted on 01/01/2011 3:49:54 PM PST by cumbo78
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To: umgud

Hey you redneck right wingers need to shut up. This kid is right.

Making things illegal eliminates their negative effects. Like drugs, for example. They’re illegal and no one uses them, buys them, or manufactures them. I mean, let’s consider Oxycodine. It’s a highly controlled prescription drug that can be misused as a narcotic, but since it is controlled, that doesn’t happen. The same thing with guns. If you control the legal use, there will be no illegal use! Or prostitution—a practice unheard of anywhere that it’s illegal. And human sex trafficking—doesn’t exist.

Sure, it’s probably more likely to get hit by lightning than killed in a mass shooting like this, but that’s why we should seriously consider making lightening illegal, too.

Besides, it’s a known fact that I, a liberal, can make decisions about your life better than you can. You are too stupid to make your own choices, so you better thank me for keeping you safe.

Love,
an American liberal


22 posted on 01/01/2011 3:50:41 PM PST by Feline_AIDS (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: Lazamataz
Hey dumbass.

RETURN FIRE.

Or to quote what Sarah Palin said to her daughter; "Don't retreat, reload!"

23 posted on 01/01/2011 3:51:24 PM PST by Traveler59 (Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Baladas

Can I say “douchebag” on FR?


24 posted on 01/01/2011 3:51:54 PM PST by GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco (I love liberals. They taste like chicken.)
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To: Baladas

Can I say “douchebag” on FR?


25 posted on 01/01/2011 3:52:00 PM PST by GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco (I love liberals. They taste like chicken.)
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To: Baladas

Can I say “douchebag” on FR?


26 posted on 01/01/2011 3:52:10 PM PST by GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco (I love liberals. They taste like chicken.)
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To: Baladas

Can I say “douchebag” on FR?


27 posted on 01/01/2011 3:52:18 PM PST by GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco (I love liberals. They taste like chicken.)
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To: Baladas

Can I say “douchebag” on FR?


28 posted on 01/01/2011 3:52:18 PM PST by GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco (I love liberals. They taste like chicken.)
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To: Baladas
Often, massacres result in the wrong people getting shot.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

29 posted on 01/01/2011 3:52:39 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Baladas

Well at least he has a job. 8^)


30 posted on 01/01/2011 3:54:32 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Lazamataz

RETURN FIRE.
Precisely.


31 posted on 01/01/2011 3:54:33 PM PST by Silentgypsy
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To: GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco
Can I say “douchebag” on FR?

You just did.

32 posted on 01/01/2011 3:54:44 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco

oops. Sorry.


33 posted on 01/01/2011 3:56:05 PM PST by GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco (I love liberals. They taste like chicken.)
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To: Baladas
I was like, I've got to get involved

Like, wow, man.
Get over it, putz. You want absolute safety, move to a police state.

Or just stay here and keep on doing what you're doing and we'll all be there...

34 posted on 01/01/2011 3:57:12 PM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: dfwgator
Can I say “douchebag” on FR?

I just did and I agree. A major one.

35 posted on 01/01/2011 3:58:02 PM PST by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Maybe he'll get the Gunny as his shrink. ;)

Ohhhh, I'd pay big money to see that!!!

36 posted on 01/01/2011 3:59:54 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: hinckley buzzard
Classic illustration of the fact that crediting "victims" with special wisdom or knowledge is a stupid, destructive, and unethical practice.

Add "victims' relatives" to that, too.

37 posted on 01/01/2011 4:01:40 PM PST by Tax-chick (The gifts we have, we are given to share.)
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To: Baladas

38 posted on 01/01/2011 4:05:37 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Baladas

Did anyone point out to this ANTI-AMERICAN JERK that criminals do not obey anti-gun laws? How many gun control laws did the Virginia Tech shooter break as he shot people?


39 posted on 01/01/2011 4:10:46 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Travis McGee
Bet you little Chuckie Bloomer's parents are a piece of work.......Just guessing.
40 posted on 01/01/2011 4:13:56 PM PST by The Cajun
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I was like, I've got to get involved.

Are the rest of you, too, repelled by this "I was like"? It seems to me that it is used by people unable to form an English sentence.

41 posted on 01/01/2011 4:14:31 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

But he’s, like, a graduate of a fine state university. If I were his parents, I would be like, “What was he doing for four years? We want our tuition money back!”


42 posted on 01/01/2011 4:16:25 PM PST by Tax-chick (The gifts we have, we are given to share.)
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To: Travis McGee

It’s for a reason that IQ tests typically include questions testing the ability to sequence a cartoon whose panels have been scrambled — basic cause and effect understanding. Where would the little kid put his slogan and a panel showing the crook getting apprehended by a policeman, or by a citizen exercising citizen carry?


43 posted on 01/01/2011 4:18:42 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Baladas

Until gun prohibitionists totally renounce the use of any weapons to enforce the laws they advocate, they are despicable hypocrites.


44 posted on 01/01/2011 4:19:32 PM PST by sourcery (If true=false, then there would be no constraints on what is possible. Hence, the world exists.)
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To: OldPossum
Perhaps we can find him an appropriate English tutor...


45 posted on 01/01/2011 4:20:59 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: Baladas
the nation's largest gun-control organization, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

In a way, that's reassuring considering the laughable performance of Sarah Brady et al over the years. They are completely unfamiliar with the phrase 'pick your battles' so they devote the same energy to every single gun issue (so-called assault rifles etc.) and as a result they are regarded as mindless hard-liners.

46 posted on 01/01/2011 4:23:01 PM PST by relictele
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To: Baladas

“Maybe he could just MAN UP and get a carry piece.”
I once worked in this huge defense plant. The guards had no guns Of course, guns are illegal in defense plants; meaning everybody is supposed to leave their guns outside. There was a woman named Lola having an affair on night shift. About midnight her husband strides in with a pump-action 12 gauge and asks the guard, “Where’s Lola?” The guard said, “Beam 34G.” He didn’t even lie about where she was. So, her husband stomps down to isle 34 and turns right towards “G.” The guard hot-footed it out the door and called the cops from the plant next door.
Meanwhile, Lola and the affair were out on break in his van, so they (ah-hem) missed the action. The cops piled in and arrested the husband without incident.

From this I learned a lesson. An unarmed guard is good only for giving directions. I actually feel more unsafe at work than any other place because I know nobody has a gun, but pretty much anybody can give directions.

This young man who is crusading against guns might as well be crusading to end evil. We could pass an law against evil and then, suddenly, all would be sweetness and light and safe in the world.


47 posted on 01/01/2011 4:25:23 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Baladas

Hey dumbass ... it was gun control that disarmed anyone nearby that could have stopped that nut job. Chances are he would not have done it at all if he thought that his intended victims could shoot back


48 posted on 01/01/2011 4:32:23 PM PST by clamper1797 (Pray for Obama ... Psalms 109:8)
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To: Baladas

Like, like dude, I don’t really want anyone that feels compelled to use the word “like” excessively in everyday language to decide what Constitutional rights I, as a citizen of the United States of America, get to practice.

Dumb-ass.


49 posted on 01/01/2011 4:35:40 PM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: Baladas
Fatty Rossiter: Jesus, Clyde, you have three pistols and you only have one arm for Christ's sake.
Clyde: Well I just don't want to be killed for lack of shootin' back.

From Unforgiven. Lot of wisdom in what Clyde has to say.

50 posted on 01/01/2011 4:45:15 PM PST by Snake65
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