Goddard: Background checks don't infringe on anyone's rights

Goddard was shot and injured in the mass shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, in which 32 of his classmates and professors were killed. Colin served as a Senior Policy Associate with Everytown for Gun Safety and is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Maryland. Colin is a member of the Everytown Survivor Network.

It’s hard to believe that nearly ten years ago, the smell of gunpowder surrounded me as I was shot four times while sitting in French class at Virginia Tech. I remember that day like it was yesterday.

A man who should never have had a gun forever changed my life. And the moment that gunshots rang out in Norris Hall, my eyes opened to the very real fact that students — in the right place, at the right time — can become victims of gun violence in our country. FULL STORY