Radio Made in Michigan
4:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Shooting survivor and State Representative push for broader gun background checks

For his film, Colin Goddard, a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, took an undercover camera across the country to purchase everything from a TEC-9 to an AK47, often with nothing more than a wad of cash in hand.
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On April 16th , 2007, Colin Goddard was in his French class in Norris Hall on the  Virginia Tech University campus. That day, a lone gunman barricaded the hall’s doors and shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 more, including Colin, who was shot four times. It is still the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. 

Goddard is now the assistant director of federal legislation at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington D.C. and a leading advocate for universal background checks on gun purchasers. He's in Lansing for a screening of a documentary about his experience called "Living for 32.” The screening is tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 7p.m., and will be following by an open discussion with Goddard and State Representative Jim Townsend, who is leading the legislative effort here to expand background checks. They both join Current State to discuss their effort to broaden background checks for gun purchases in Michigan. 

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