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Survivor of VA Tech massacre speaks at UT, BGSU

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (WTOL) – The 4th anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre was remembered last weekend, and Thursday night a survivor spoke at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. He's on a mission to push for background checks for all gun buyers.

Colin Goddard, now 25, has recovered from bullet wounds to the left leg, his hips, and right arm. He described what happened when the gunman walked into his French class and started firing.

"I was in total shock. Seconds after that, we had bullets coming through the door and everybody hit the floor. And the next ten minutes were probably the longest ten-minute experience of my life," Goddard said.

On that day, 32 people died, but he survived and was able to walk again. Goddard is using his experience to push for changes to gun laws.

At UT and BG, Goddard screened a film he's featured in, called "Living For 32."

He goes undercover to show how easy it is to buy a gun at a gun show. Federal law only requires background checks for sales from established dealers.

Goddard wants every buyer to be subject to a background check in every state and even after what he's been through, he doesn't want students on college campuses to be permitted to carry.

Goddard said, "Because it would no longer be one student in that building with a gun, it would be multiple students and multiple guns. And they have to determine, which could take more time, who is their target and who is a well intentioned individual."

The Toledo chapter of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence supports his efforts.

Executive Director Toby Hoover said, "I think it's very important for people to see a young person who just graduated from college and how it has changed his life and what it has meant to him."

Goddard says he's not trying to take anyone's gun rights away and he welcomes differing points of view to find common ground on the issues.

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