Virginia Tech survivor condemns Missouri college gun bill

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | 4:15 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A survivor from the deadly Virginia Tech shooting is denouncing a Missouri effort to allow concealed weapons at public colleges.

The state House has approved legislation that would let those licensed to carry a concealed weapon bring their firearms onto public college campuses. The measure has not passed the Senate.

Colin Goddard was shot four times at Virginia Tech in 2007. He said Wednesday it "was the craziest situation imaginable" but could have been worse if more people were carrying guns. Goddard argued that letting people legally carry a gun could make it more difficult for police to figure out who is causing the problem.

Some bill supporters have cited the Virginia Tech shooting while urging passage of the legislation.


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Jim Hollis April 29, 2009 | 10:22 p.m.

Hey, Assciated Press, why not actually report the news instead of always manipulating it for your Liberal, Socialist, anti-gun, anti-American agendas. Colin Goddard, underwhelming logic. Are your thoughts and comments being manipulated by the AP media?? The police weren't there until 30 some were already dead, and how many more, like you, wounded!! I'll take my chances when/if the police show before the bad guy is toasted by a law abiding, conceal carry citizen rather than being "tagged and bagged" by the police when they finally arrive. Was it less painful being shot shot four times, and luckily survived, rather than speculate about the police being confused. Police rarely arrive when the bad things are actually occuring. They arrive after the bad things are over, "tag and bag" the unarmed victims, write reports, notify the next of kin, and hope they can catch the perps. When seconds count, police are only minutes away.

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Matt Finazzo April 30, 2009 | 9:57 a.m.

Agree with you Jim Hollis. This article assumes that the shooting would still be going on by the time the police arrived. How about reporting some FACTS for a change...

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Ross Fogle May 5, 2009 | 1:27 p.m.

Clearly, being shot FOUR TIMES still won't bring common sense to the fore!
When/if Police arrive WHILE the issue is still on going, citizens will be the ones placing their weapons on the ground and laying prone to:
comply with Police requests, allow the Police to assume control, get the frac out of the way!
I would much rather explain how I made that killing shot or kept the bad guy pinned down, while the Police check me and my gun out, find I am a "good guy" citizen and take my statement, than stare at the sky/ceiling with glazed eyes as I assume room temperature, while the perpetrator is working out his insanity defense plea with some public defender and seeking an "expert" to testify that it's all because his/her mother "smoked" while he/she was in the womb that's really responsible for the acts.
Hey, Colin, the reason you went to VT was to acquire knowledge.
Your purpose is to use that knowledge .... to think!
Maybe, just maybe, you missed that part...
Try it out, seems like it will be a whole new experience for ya there, "College Boy".
Glad you survived, sorry you seemed to have profited so little from it.
There is evil in the world, Colin. Best to destroy it utterly, before it destroys you!

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Eric Cox May 5, 2009 | 1:54 p.m.

This is journalism?

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Ned Weatherby June 5, 2009 | 12:15 p.m.

Colin Goddard was shot 4 times in the massacre. Thankfully he survived.

I'm sure he's still trying to rationalize his actions that day. He was shot and played possum. It's likely that he couldn't have fought back after being shot.

But - all respect to Mr. Goddard - had he, or another student or professor, been carrying a gun that he or she knew how to use on that day, things would have likely have turned out much different.

I certainly wouldn't want to be in that situation. I'm guessing that many of the people who were present that day at VT wished they'd had a similar tool as the murderer had with which to fight back.

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The result has been different in other shootings where an armed, law abiding citizen fought back.

Broken down logically, it would appear that Mr. Goddard would prefer to play possum again as opposed to having the tools with which to fight back - if he had it to do over again. That's a pretty sad commentary in and of itself.

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