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VA Tech shooting survivor: Guns on campus wouldn’t save lives

A survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech campus massacre, Colin Goddard has scars from three bullet wounds, a metal rod in his leg and memories that he said led him to speak out Tuesday against proposed Arizona legislation that would allow guns on college campuses. (with video)... Read more»

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Mar 3, 2011, 5:26 am
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One thing about Colin Goddard confuses me:

Exactly how does cowering in fear while being shot by a whack-job qualify one as an expert on guns or self-defense?

I’d contend that the exact opposite is true.  He’s the LAST person I’d be asking for advice on how best to be prepared to defend myself on a college campus or anywhere else.

Unless you consider cowering in fear and hoping that the bad guy doesn’t choose you to shoot to be a viable self-defense strategy.

Of course, carrying a gun doesn’t guarantee that I’ll be able to successfully defend myself against a crazed gunman (or knifeman, or baseball batsman, or gasoline and matchesman), but at least if I’m armed, I have best tool available to do so should I choose to make the attempt.

In Colin Goddard’s world, you’re MUCH better off just hiding under your desk, with nothing more than your fear and a bic pen to defend yourself with.

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Mar 3, 2011, 5:53 pm
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The people possessed by fear are those who feel they need a gun to be safe in a classroom.

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Mar 3, 2011, 8:44 pm
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@fishbert

The irony of that comment is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

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Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007, speaks at the state Capitol in opposition of a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

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