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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)
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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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